PLOOS VAN AMSTEL, Cornelis (1726-1798) and JOSI, Christian (d. 1828)
Collection d'imitations de dessins d'après les principaux maîtres Hollandais et Flamands, commencée par Ploos van Amstel continuée au nombre de cent morceaux
London, Mannheim, The Hague and Amsterdam: C. Josi, Van Clef, Artaria and Fontaine, 1821-[1828[. 2 volumes, folio. Portrait, dedication leaf, list of subscribers, 105 mounted plates on 101 sheets in mezzotint, aquatint, roulette work and other techniques, printed in colour, grey or sepia, with occasional touches of hand-colour, by Ploos van Amstel, Josi and others after Rembrandt, van Ostade, Rubens, Goltzius, van Dyck and others.
Nineteenth-century half red morocco gilt, edges gilt.
First edition, one of 100 copies.
Abbey considers this work "one of the most important collections of engravings ever published ... [and] one of the most important productions in the history of illustration that has ever appeared." Jacob Ploos van Amstel perfected a method of reproducing paintings that was never revealed to others, and when he died in 1798, he took the secrets of his worskshop with him. It was not until 1821 that his relative and apprentice, Christian Josi, was able to begin publication of the works owned by Ploos. Also noteworthy is the preface, full of historical anecdotes about 18th-century collecting and collectors.
Abbey Life 211; Hardie p.57; Hind p.302; Landwehr p.11; Thieme-B XXVII, 158.