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The History of Portrait Miniatures
London - George Bell Sons 1904 - Two volumes bound in white cloth with gilt decoration to the front boards and titles, original early twentieth century dustwrappers. Illustrated with 107 plates. Collated complete. Very very scarce in dustwrapper. A scarce limited edition inexcellent condition. This Edition consists of 520 Copies, of which 510 are for sale. It will not be reprinted. These two volumes contain a history of portrait miniatures from the period 1531 - 1860. Williamson compiled a comprehensive account of the art of miniature portrait painting as exhibited in the great collections of England and the Continent. The illustrations are taken from collections in all parts of the world and represent almost every important miniature painter by some characteristic example of his work. Each miniature was specially photographed for this book and reproduced in its actual size. Condition: The bindings are tight and firm. There is some wear to the extremities including mild bumping to the corners and a few handling marks to the boards. The dustwrappers have some discoloration to the spines and some large chips and tears with a section missing form the spine panel on Volume II and loss to the bottom of the rear panel on Volume I. The rear fold of Volume II is split most of the way down. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright only with the occasional handling mark. There are neatink inscriptions to the front blank endpapers of each volume. Overall the volumes are in near fine condition with the dustwrappers in good only condition but an extraordinarily rare survival. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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