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Liber Studiorum.

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A very good complete set of Turner's famed Liber Studiorum, with all plates on uncut sheets.

Turner's Liber Studiorum, issued in a series of 14 parts of 5 plates per part, was published intermittently over the course of more than a decade. Turner began with the intention to produce the etched foundation of each plate himself and to leave the mezzotint to others, however, he experimented himself and eight of the plates were finished by Turner himself. For the remaining plates, Turner intended originally to use the engraver Charles Turner, but the painter's exacting demands and the disputes they led to made it necessary to use many others. Seventy-one plates were published eventually of a proposed one hundred, with a further twenty printed but never published; the published plates are categorised as architectural, pastoral, marine, historical and mountains with the corresponding initial printed above each. Turner's title for the series, the

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2 volumes. Folio. (36.4 x 52 cm). Each volume with sheet of thick card with elaborate manuscript title, vol. number and list of plates in black ink and 71 etched mezzotint and aquatint plates (vol. I with plates numbered 1 - 35, vol. II with 36 - 71) printed in warm sanguine or sepia ink on uncut sheets of laid or wove paper as applicable with stab marks at left and retaining deckle edges, each plate mounted to sheet of card with passepartout, pencil numeration to passepartouts at lower right. Plates by J. M. W. Turner (10 plates), I. C. Easling (4), C. Turner (23), W. Say (11), R. Dunkarton (5), Thos. Lupton (4), S. W. Reynolds (2), F. C. Lewis (1), W. Annis (1), H. Dawe (4), Th. Hodgetts (3), Annis and Easling (1) and G. Clint (2) after J. M. W. Turner. One plate with several old repairs, occasional foxing or soiling; several plates with pencil annotations recto or verso in various hands. Various sheet sizes: c.300 x 440 mm; mount size: 344 x 508 mm. Contemporary green morocco portfolios by Agnew & Sons with their partial label to front pastedown of vol. I, front boards with rules in gilt and blind with floral corner tools, titles gilt to spines, cream glazed board lining and flaps, turn-ins ruled in gilt, green silk ties.


Finberg 1 - 71; see also Rawlinson, Turner's Liber Studiorum, London 1878.

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