Item #11435 Twelve illustrated series of engraved portraits paired with their complementary biographical letterpress and manuscript text. Chronologie collée.
Twelve illustrated series of engraved portraits paired with their complementary biographical letterpress and manuscript text.
Twelve illustrated series of engraved portraits paired with their complementary biographical letterpress and manuscript text.
Twelve illustrated series of engraved portraits paired with their complementary biographical letterpress and manuscript text.
Twelve illustrated series of engraved portraits paired with their complementary biographical letterpress and manuscript text.
Twelve illustrated series of engraved portraits paired with their complementary biographical letterpress and manuscript text.
Twelve illustrated series of engraved portraits paired with their complementary biographical letterpress and manuscript text.
Twelve illustrated series of engraved portraits paired with their complementary biographical letterpress and manuscript text.
Twelve illustrated series of engraved portraits paired with their complementary biographical letterpress and manuscript text.
“MY DESIRE…TO STUDY HISTORY” — SUBJECTED TO HIS KNIFE

Twelve illustrated series of engraved portraits paired with their complementary biographical letterpress and manuscript text.

Lyon, Jean-Antoine Guérin 1646 and an anonymous compiler 1646 & 1774.

Folio (270 x 200 mm.). [208] leaves (including 3 blank), more than five hundred letterpress slips, ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED NINE INTAGLIO PORTRAITS PASTED IN AND SIX DOUBLE-PAGE FOLDING ENGRAVED MAPS of Greece and Asia Minor, France, Britain, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and Germany.

18th-century blind-ruled cat’s paw sheep (worn, scuffed, corners defective, hinges partly cracked), gilt-ruled spine (chipped) and red morocco title label gilt, blind-rolled board edges, marbled pastedowns, edges sprinkled brown.

PROTESTANT SURGEON AND AUTHOR JEAN-ANTOINE GUÉRIN (fl. c. 1610-74) ASSEMBLED THIS HYBRID COMPENDIUM OF “HEADS” AND MAPS. He prepared the first eleven series on a single thick paper stock ruled in red. An 18th-century amateur created the final series in 1774 on a different, unruled paper stock and provided its manuscript text. The title-page for each series consists of engraved slips of text pasted on the blank sheet, sometimes with letterpress or a woodcut below. The title of the second series is entirely manuscript. The biographies — cut out printed slips or manuscript — run below their corresponding engraved images. Six intaglio portraits have been brusquely removed from the volume.
            The Chronologie collée, or “glued history”, exploited a legal loophole barring print dealers from competing directly with the book trade by selling codices. Printsellers circumvented the law by offering sheets of numbered intaglio portraits and companion letterpress broadsides with correspondingly numbered biographies. The pictures and text were cut into strips, paired, mounted on blank sheets of paper and bound up singly or in collections.
            The genre has its roots in the slender late 16th-century folios of French royal portraiture in woodcut pioneered by publisher and engraver Jean III Le Clerc. About 1600 it jumped media, and by the mid-1630s a rich intaglio iconography met the demand for various series. Printsellers, printers, binders and merchants of luxury goods cooperated in the production and sale of these albums, each made up to suit the buyer, who selected the suites and could have the vendor assemble them, or, as here, do so him- or herself.
            The series are, in order: 1. Hebrew Patriarchs (111 of 112 portraits, 15 leaves, text partly manuscript); 2. Assyrian and Babylonian Kings (15 ports., 4ff., text entirely manuscript); 3. Persian Kings (62 of 65 ports., 17ff., partly manuscript); 4. Roman Emperors and Empresses (294 ports., 30ff.); 5. Byzantine and Ottoman Emperors (82 of 84 ports., 15ff.); 6. French Kings and Queens (159 ports., 2 coats of arms, 28ff.); 7. English Kings (138 ports., 14ff.); 8. Spanish Kings and Queens (185 ports., 32ff.); 9. Portuguese Kings and Queens (48 ports., 13ff.); 10. Polish Kings (45 ports., 8ff.); 11. Neapolitan Kings (29 ports., 17ff.); 12. Popes (242 ports., 12ff., text entirely manuscript; ending with the Sept. 1774 death of Clement XIV). The maps precede the suites to which they pertain.
            Guérin practiced medicine in Lyon and was briefly jailed before emigrating to Lausanne. His handbook of home remedies, Le chirurgien charitable had over a dozen editions in the 17th century (first 1643). His full-page manuscript address to the reader on the first verso explains the method for his project. For his eleven series, he used at least seventeen different print suites, including two that remain unidentified and make up a whole series (No. 2) and part of another (No. 3). To repurpose the portraits, he excised their engraved captions and numbers and supplied his own in manuscript along with original manuscript biographies in 647 lines. The 18th-century addition (No. 12) combined two suites of circular portraits with 436 lines of manuscript.
            Exceptionally, Guérin preserved the letterpress colophons for six series issued by Jean IV Le Clerc (No. 3), Melchior Tavernier (Nos. 4, 8) and Pierre I Mariette (Nos. 5, 6, 9). One map comes from Mariette (Greece and Asia Minor), the rest from Tavernier’s stock.
            Some marginal soiling, minor tears and repairs on five plates; six portraits have been removed. Early signatures of P. ?Fruquin and ?Nadiel (twice) in a juvenile hand.
¶Olivier, “Menues notes sur le passé medical du Pays de Vaud 11. Jean Antoine Guérin, chirurgien juré” in Revue historique vaudoise 47 (1939) 247-63; see Brunet I: 1891 and Duportal’s Contribution au catalogue général des livres à figures du XVIIe siècle 461 and her Étude sur les livres a figures…1601-1660 159 and Grivel’s, Le Commerce de l’estampe à Paris au XVIIe siècle passim and Préaud et al.’s Dictionnaire des éditeurs d’estampes à Paris sous l’Ancien Régime 210-11, 230-32, 289-90.

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