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[The Treasury of Ornamental Art]
London:: Day and Sons,, 1856.. Proof Copy. 1/4 morocco. Near Fine/ . A Near Fine Proof Copy. Quarto. (18.2 x 26 cm) Quarter Oxblood pebbled morocco over marbled boards, lightly rubbed. Minor edge wear. Heavily ornamented spine with five raised bands. Gilt lettered on black set in second panel. Gilt floral design on five remaining panels. Heavy marbled endpapers. This Proof Copy signed: Maskell 1859 "Given to me by Mr. Robinson" in ink. And in pencil: "The first two plates are from Ivories, formerly mine: now in the British Museum. Mr." On the intended title page is a lithographed frame in which the following is penciled: The Treasury of Ornamental Art by J.C. Robinson F.R.A. 1856. Dedication penciled in separate frame below: W. Maskell, Esq. with the author's kindest regards. The intended subtitle for this book was "Illustrations of Objects of Art and Vertu photographed from the originals and drawn on stone by F. Bedford." Seventy-one chromolithographed plates, with title of object printed in a woodland-styled frame on verso of each plate: decorative tapestries, printed fabrics, porcelains, Ivories, metal work and gilded decorative papers, wood carving for floors and caskets. According to McLean: The objects were first photographed, 'the unerring fac-similies thus obtained being then copied onto stone, with an amount of care and attention dictated solely by the endeavour to carry the art to its extremest limits. ' A fine lavish production produced with this new technique during the height of The Age of Victorian Design. McLean. Victorian Book Design & Colour Prints. 126-128.
      [Bookseller: Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books, ABAA]
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