Paris: Librairie de Firmin Didot Freres, 1884, circa. Hardbound. 2 vols. 3/4 red leather with marbled thick board covers, gilt letters on spines, gilt top edges, marbled flyleaves, 220 polychrome (chromolithograph) color plates and accompanying pages of text. Vol. 1 is slightly wider than Vol. 2 because of an extra one-inch cloth binding to each page; both books and outer bindings otherwise match; set weighs 26 lbs. VG (Vol. 2 has a binding tear at the head of the spine; both show wear along edges and corners; but overall, a terrific set. All plates are present, though three are mislabeled in the index, and the correct titles have been penciled in.). Item #140773
Text is in French. An astounding two-volume set of 220 vividly colored plates with pages of accompanying text. Presented here are thousands of artistic designs and styles dating from ancient times through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and on through the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Includes decor from Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia, India, China, more areas of Asia, and Europe (including Celtic). With introductory information about each style. The date is derived from the Preface of the second volume, which references the 1883 exposition in Moscow. Vol. 1 contains a 60-page general introduction, followed by 100 plates; Vol. 2 ("Deuxieme Serie") contains 120 plates. Both include descriptive pages between the plates. We see examples and illustrations of ornamental designs on porcelain, tapestries, enamels, silks, jewellery, illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, jewelry, furniture, etc. Overall a stunning set.
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