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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 vol.): 20.6 x 14 x 3.8 cm (8 1/8 x 5 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.)

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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


John Witt Randall (1813-1892); Harvard College, from whom purchased by MFA, January 1898.

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund, by exchange