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Jones, Owen
The Grammar of Ornament
London: Bernard Quaritch, 1928. Hardcover. Poor. Cover shows shelf wear, especially on corners. Former library book with usual markings. Almost all leaves are detached from binding, so every page is loosely set between covers. Some pages, especially paper layovers, are ripped, creased; very minor soiling, or slightest hints of foxing, to some pages; pages age toned. However, these issues do not detract from the readability of the text or the beauty of the color plates.. Burgundy boards with gilt lettering and illustration on cover and spine. 157 pp. text + 112 color plates, many with thin paper covering laid over (containing watermarks). Gilt page edging all around. "The Grammar of Ornament" is by any standards a remarkable book. When it was first published in 1856, it was the first time that so many illustrations of ornament, of many periods and from many countries, had ever been shown in color in one work. It was the concept of Owen Jones (1808-74), a young Welsh architect, who at the age of twenty-three went on his grand tour to visit Turkey, Egypt, Sicily, and Spain. In Granada he became fascinated by the Alhambra Palace, in which at that time visitors could actually choose their own suites of room and take up residence. Jones made detailed drawings of the Palace, and in August 1834, he returned to England carrying not only his drawings, but also an enormous number of casts: "To ensure perfect accuracy, an impression of every ornament throughout the palace was taken, either in plaster or with unsized paper, the low relief of the ornaments of the Alhambra rendering them … [Click Below for Full Description]
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