RUBENS, Peter Paul. Théorie de la Figure Humaine: considérée dans ses principes, soit en repos ou en mouvement. Ouvrage traduit du Latin de Pierre-Paul Rubens, avec XLIV planches gravées par Pierre Aveline, d'après les desseins de ce célebre artiste. xi, , 55,  pp. With an engraved full-page self-portrait of Rubens and 44 engraved plates. 4to., bound in contemporary quarter tan calf over blue paper covered boards. Paris: Charles-Antoine Jombert, pere, 1773.
Rare First Edition of Rubens' enlightening artists' manual, with the superb frontispiece engraved by Aveline after the famous Rubens self-portrait now in St. James's Palace, London. The book is illustrated with 44 engraved plates after original drawings by the master, including four copies by Rubens after Leonardo da Vinci, also engraved by P. Aveline. Rubens' original Latin text appears here in a new French translation by Jombert, who had purchased the original manuscript from the Huquier sale in 1772. In terms of historical and artistic significance, this work stands alongside the artists' manuals of Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, and Jean Cousin. Binding professionally renewed, some minor staining and toning, overall a very good copy.
Cicognara 353. Schlosser-Magnino 641. Brunet IV, 1442.
Item nr. 167421