GERMAIN, PIERRE. 1703-1783.
Elements d'orfevrerie divisés en deuz parties de cinquante feuilles chacune. Paris: the Author, 1748.
2 parts in one volume. 4to (250 x 185 mm). Engraved throughout: , 50; , 51-100 plates by Pasquier and Bacquoy after designs by Germain and Jacques Roettiers. Period sheep-backed boards. A few plates lightly toned, second part with waterstain affecting title and a few plates.
FIRST EDITION, SIGNED by the author at the foot of each title and annotated in a different hand on the first title "avec privilege du Roy." "Précieux recueil qui contient les plus beaux modèles d'argenterie parisienne du temps de Louis XV" (Cohen-de Ricci). Germain, known as "le Romain," came from Avignon and was not related to the better-known Germain family of silversmiths who were Orfèvres du Roy. Berlin Katalog 1066; Cohen-de Ricci 429-430.