Rubens and the book : title pages by Peter Paul Rubens (catalogue of an exhibition organised by the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, Chapin Library, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 2-31 May 1977)
Williamstown, MA, [Williams College], 1977
(27.5 cm), (7) ix, 307 (1) pp., 82 black & white illustrations. Collector’s blue cloth binding, black skiver lettering-piece. - Exhibition of thirty-four of the fifty-two books containing engraved title-pages or illustrations designed by Rubens. The catalogue entries (by seven students enrolled in a Rubens seminar, conducted in the winter of 1976-1977) are accompanied by an introduction (by Julius Held) discussing the reasons for Rubens’s willingness to provide such designs, and by essays on publishing in Antwerp in Rubens’s time, on the relation of the title-pages with their models (23 drawings and oil sketches by Rubens and Erasmus II Quellinus are reproduced), on portraits designed by Rubens in Antwerp publications, and related subjects. Analytical review by Anne-Marie Logan, in Master Drawings, volume 15 (1977), pp.414-415. Cf. Julius Held, “Rubens and the book” in Harvard Library Bulletin, volume 27 (January 1979), pp.114-153. ¶ Lettering-piece rubbed. Excellent, unmarked copy.