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Traité historique et pratique de la gravure en bois

Illustrated by Jean Michel Papillon (French, 1698–1776), Publisher Pierre Guillaume Simon (French, 1722–1787)

Place of Publication: Paris, France


Overall (each volume): 20.5 x 13.8 x 3.8 cm (8 1/16 x 5 7/16 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with numerous woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Pierre Guillaume Simon, 1766) Octavo, three vols. in two; [v. 1] 286 leaves, plus two plates; [v. 2] 266 leaves, plus six plates; contemporary gilt-stamped marbled brown calf.

Author’s woodcut self-portrait facing title; instructional and technical illustrations for cutting woodblocks; progressive states of a chiaroscuro woodcut; numerous decorative woodcut vignettes

Paris: Pierre Guillaume Simon, 1766


George Charles Bright, M.D. [bookplate]; acquired in 1904 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent