Liber artificiosus alphabeti maioris.... Mülheim: J.C. Eyrich, 1782-1785.
2 volumes. Oblong folio (240 x 364 mm). , 22; 66 pp. Gothic letter, double column. 56 engraved plates by Heinrich Coentgen after Merken. Period half sheep over paste-paper boards. Minor toning in first volume, closed tears to plates 1 & 16, small inkstain to plate 2. Bindings rubbed with corners showing and spines dry, old manuscript label removed from vol 1 upper cover, overall extremely good and unsophisticated.
FIRST AND ONLY EDITION of this spectacular rococo work on calligraphy, typography, general ornamentation and drawing-room science and craft. In addition to the elaborate alphabets there are instructions for making ink, drawing silhouettes, making a sundial, insect-collecting, improving draftsmanship, etc. Bonacini 1169.