Catalogue raisonné des Estampes du Cabinet de…Rédigé par P. M. Bénard. La vente se fera à Paris…. Wolfgang Guillaume AUCTION CATALOGUE: URSEL, Duc d’.

Catalogue raisonné des Estampes du Cabinet de…Rédigé par P. M. Bénard. La vente se fera à Paris…

viii, 175 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Bénard, 1806.

The uncommon sale catalogue of an exceptional print collection formed in Belgium. Wolfgang Guillaume, the third duc d’Ursel (?1730-1804), a Belgian general and husband of Flore d’Arenberg, focused his collecting on prints of paintings engraved by the painters themselves. The catalogue is arranged by school and within that by painter. We find engravings by Albani, Carracci, Maratti, Titian, Dürer, Hollar, Berghem, van Leyden, Rembrandt, Callot, Coypel, etc.

The catalogue thoroughly describes 948 lots of prints and drawings, many of which are large group lots, with the more considerable collections divided into numerous subsections for greater clarity. Lots 907-948 detail the duke’s books of prints and views, auction catalogues, dictionaries, and other important art historical texts.

Nice copy, with occasional annotations in pencil. We locate only one copy in North America.

❧ Cicognara 4753. Lugt 7133.

Price: $1,500.00

Item ID: 6187