An Beautiful Enlightenment-Period E-book Catalogs 570 Varieties of Marble in Vivid Colour — Colossal
Six years after the discharge of a monumental compendium of Dutch birds, the writer and naturalist Jan Christiaan Sepp (1739-1811) shifted his focus from avians to geology. In 1776, he issued Marmor Soorten, or The E-book of Marble, a placing catalog of scientific illustrations and annotations that includes 570 varieties of the prized stone. This primary tome was primarily based on analysis printed by the German engraver Adam Ludwig Wirsing and launched in 11 volumes that offered the gorgeous, crystallized samples in beautiful hues, requiring 100 shade plates to print.
A forthcoming launch from Taschen reproduces Sepp’s monumental work in its entirety. Primarily based on two first editions of Marmor Soorten held in collections at Dredsen’s State and College Library and the Getty Analysis Institute, the facsimile presents perception into the huge range of the fabric itself and the Enlightenment-era impulses to share information and data with the general public.
The E-book of Marble might be obtainable within the U.S. in Might, and you’ll pre-order a duplicate from Taschen.
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