London: Bickers and Son, no date. Hardbound. Vibrant Azure blue full-leather with extensive and exquisite gilt tooling to covers, spine and edges; five raised-bands; A.E.G. Paginations as follows in order of title presentation above: xvii, 554 pp with 19 chromolithographs (from title-page) and "upwards of 400" engravings within the text. xx, 504 pp., with 14 chromolithographs and "upwards of 400" engravings within the text. xvii, (1), 551 pp., with 13 chromolithographs and "upwards of 400" full and part-page wood engravings; xvi, (2), 489 pp. with 21 chromolithographs and 351 full and part-page wood engravings. VG+, the lightest of scuffing to the extremities, a stunning set. Item #135697
The titles are presented in order of publication, as deduced from the wording in various Prefaces. None of these volumes is presented with a publication date, and all appear to be first or very early editions. The initial volume in this series, on "ARTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES. and at the Period of the Renaissance" is not present in this set of four volumes. The success of this volume precipitated the issuance of these subsequent volumes by Lacroix. A stunning set, with fantastic shelf appeal and wonderful tactile satisfaction. You will be very pleased with this set. The fourth volume here appears to be the final published work of this series, despite predictions in previous volumes. Each binding is signed on the rear free endpaper with a monogram containing the letter Sph.
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