WORLIDGE (THOMAS) A Select Collection of Drawings from Curious Antique Gems, Most of Them in the Possession of the Nobility and Gentry of this Kingdom, Etched after the Manner of Rembrandt], PRINTED ON SATIN, 1768
Lot 187
WORLIDGE (THOMAS) A Select Collection of Drawings from Curious Antique Gems, Most of Them in the Possession of the Nobility and Gentry of this Kingdom, Etched after the Manner of Rembrandt], PRINTED ON SATIN, 1768
Sold for £1,875 (US$ 2,954) inc. premium

Lot Details
[WORLIDGE (THOMAS)
A Select Collection of Drawings from Curious Antique Gems, Most of Them in the Possession of the Nobility and Gentry of this Kingdom, Etched after the Manner of Rembrandt], first edition, frontispiece self-portrait and 181 (of 182) engraved plates, ALL PRINTED ON GOLD SATIN, mounted recto-only on 37 sheets, without text as issued, watered silk endpapers, contemporary red straight-grained morocco gilt, covers with border of gilt Greek key design on black morocco onlay (missing approximately half), g.e., folio, [London, 1768]

Footnotes

  • The first edition of Worlidge's celebrated depictions of antique gems, with all the engravings - including his self-portrait in the guise of Rembrandt - printed on gold satin giving the images a shimmering three-dimensional quality. Published posthumously by the artist's widow at the high cost of eighteen guineas a copy.
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