A MANUAL FOR CHINA PAINTERS Being a practical and comprehensive treatise on the art of painting china and glass with mineral colors. Boston: Lee and Shepard Publishers, 10 Milk Street.
1897. 8vo, pp. [ii] blank, xii, 286; five plates with 135 mounted colour samples (of 137 though the two ‘relief white’ appear never to have been included) and with numerous text illustrations; fore-edge of pp. [iii] furled and a little nicked, with some of the samples on plate IV scuffed and lightly abraded, some occasional light soiling and spotting; Second edition (first 1896) of this attractively produced manual by the period china decorator and author Nicola di Rienzi Monachesi , based on ‘many years of observation and experience’ (preface). ‘The book is especially designed for those who have had but little, if any, previous knowledge of the subject, but who desire practical information and reliable instruction; and in pointing out the common errors of the past, I have but made an effort to indicate how they may be avoided in the future’ (ibid).
As far as we can ascertain, Mrs di Rienzi Monachesi was the daughter of Nicola Monachesi (1803-ca. 1851), considered one of the earliest fresco painters in America.
Condition: in the original decorative cream cloth, with attractive and elaborate blue ‘willow pattern’ embossed designs, spine a little darkened, covers slightly spotted and soiled, extremities a little bumped, but otherwise an appealing copy.