BLOEMAERT, Abraham and Frederik. Oorspronkelyk en Vermaard Konstryk Tekenboek van Abraham Bloemaart, geestryk getekent, en meesterlyk Gegraveert by zyn Zoon, Frederik Bloemaart ... in een gevoegelyke Ordre geschikt door den beroemden Bernard Picart.  ff. With title to part one numbered "1" overlaid with chiaroscuro serving as frontispiece, engraved title vignette (signed F. Ottens) and architectural dedication page (signed J. C. Philips, 1740); portrait of Abraham Bloemaert (F. Bloemaert after P. Morelsen) and illustrated with a further 165 etched and engraved plates (numbered "2"-"166") by F. Bloemaert after A. Bloemaert, plus 7 duplicates (nos. 80, 94, 95, 108, 137, 144 and 145) being combined engravings and chiaroscuros. Folio, 396 x 280 mm, bound in contemporary three-quarter Dutch brown calf over marbled boards, red morocco spine label. Amsterdam: Reinier and Josua Ottens, 1740.
Second and Best Edition of Abraham Bloemaert's famed Drawing Book (Tekenboek), profusely illustrated with line engravings and chiaroscuros by Frederik Bloemaert after his father's designs. Bloemaert's life drawings include multiple studies of heads, feet, and hands, nudes, putti and costumed figures, seen in various poses, from varied angles, and under various lighting conditions; animals and "historical" subjects round out this academic panorama. The most dramatic feature of the Drawing Book, and this copy in particular, is the series of chiaroscuro prints, whereby the otherwise monochromatic images are awash with ochre color and areas of the white paper showing through read as brilliant highlights.
The present copy belongs to the second and most preferred edition (Roethlisberger I, 392 edition 2), containing 47 more plates than appeared in the exceedingly rare first edition of 1650/56 -- issued under a different title, Artis Apellae Liber, (Roethlisberger state 1); it is known to survive in 3 copies only. The Ottens 1740 edition also contains 7 chiaroscuros not present in the what is considered the first edition of Bloemaert's Tekenboek, the Visscher issue of 1679/1702 (Roethlisberger state 1a). "The edition contains Frederick's plates of the Visscher edition as compounded and renumbered in 1723 by Bernard Picart for Renard, lavishly published in 1740 by Reinier and Josua Ottens... Picart (1673-1733), the finest and most famous engraver of his time, worked mainly for the book market" (Roethlisberger). It is significant that Roethlisberger, in his massive catalogue of the work of Abraham Bloemaert and His Sons (Doornspijk, 1993), reproduces this second edition in its entirety.
Abraham Bloemaert (1564-1651) was remarkably successful as a teacher not only of his four sons but also of the leading Dutch Caravaggisti (e.g., Terbrugghen and Honthorst) and virtually every Utrecht master. Besides Hendrik Goltzius, Abraham Bloemaert and his son Frederik were among the earliest to combine the chiaroscuro woodblock technique with the engraved and etched line (Hind). Unlike most drawing books "Bloemaert's drawing examples are not derived from other authors." (Bolton).Marbled boards rubbed, otherwise a fine copy.
Roethlisberger no. 792 (reproduced and described as T1-T166). Bolten, Method and Practice: Dutch and Flemish Drawing Books 1600-1750 pp. 48-67 and passim (24 reproductions). Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish (F. Bloemaert) 36-155. Strauss, Chiaroscuro 346-65 (errors).
Item nr. 166928