Champlin, John Denison, Jr; Perkins, Charles C. [editors]. Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings (4 volume limited edition set); With more than Two Thousand Illustrations. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886-1887.
Set no. 215 of 500 copies printed.
Four volumes, each 8 1/2 x 11 inches, sometime rebound in maroon buckram, bindings now faded and inelegant, yet tight and undamaged. The first two volume lack the limitation page; they are present in the other two. An ex library set from the non-circulating reference section, labels removed from spine (leaving outline & slight residue), several stamps/labels within each volume, but no stamps on the plates. The custom of this library years ago was to wrap each book in a plain wrapper using cello tape; cello tape outlines/remnants remain on the bindings (see pics). Interiors good to very good; incidental condition issues mentioned below. . Volume page numbers/contents below. Good. Hardcover.
"It is not only a fuller biographical dictionary than now exists of the painters of all times and all schools, including prominent contemporaries, but it is as well a dictionary of works; and in a form in which the one branch of information is immediately accessible as the other. The important paintings of all periods are treated under their own names, in separate articles, in which are given an accurate description of each work, its date, its place of preservation, its history from the time of leaving the painter's easel, notices of its replicas and copies, the names of its engravers and other such facts as make the account as nearly as possible exhaustive...In the illustration of the work, nothing has been spared that could make it valuable and really representative. The articles contain portraits of prominent artists, living and dead, fac-similes of their monograms and signatures, outline sketches of the important pictures of the older masters (intended as aids to the verbal description, and as memoranda of the compositions); and there are in addition full-page reproductions, by the best-known processes, of representative works of many painters of the modern schools." - Preface.
In addition to the texts, the volumes contain
I. 12 full-page illustrations: 3 etchings, 2 Lewistypes, 7 photogravures; 105 outline illustrations of painters; 182 portraits of painters; 212 monograms and signatures. 1 inch tear bottom of title page.
II. 12 full-page illustrations: 2 etchings, 4 Lewistypes, 6 photogravures; 95 outline illustrations of paintings; 213 portraits of painters; 167 monograms and signatures.
III. 12 full-page illustration 1 etching, 2 Lewistypes, 9 photogravures; 118 outline illustrations of paintings; 263 portraits of painters; 188 monograms and signatures.
IV. 12 full-page illustrations: 2 etchings, 10 photogravures; 106 outline illustrations of paintings; 253 portraits of painters; 205 monograms and signatures.