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1 Ornaments
Half Morocco. Marbled Boards. Very Good 
Oblong, 18.5 by 26.5 cm. 40 chromolithographic color plates of designs. The designs are in line with Christopher Dresser, and there can be no question that they date to the aesthetic period. There are ornamental bands, kaleidoscope-ish centerpieces, Celtic and Gothic influenced diapers, etc. Geometric patterns suffuse the entirety, and we would add, there are no literal figurative elements in any of the designs. Some design elements might be inspired by flowers or vines, but the result is an abstraction that bears only the vaguest connection to the actual specimen. There is a considerable amount of gilt used in these plates. As there is no title page, nor any information about the printer furnished on any of the plates, we are unable to come up with the source of the plates. Plainly, the collection was published together, as the plates are numbered 1 to 40. We do not believe that there ever was a title page -- there is no evidence of an excision -- and "Ornaments" is embossed on the spine, which almost certainly dates to the issue of the collection of plates. The collection is obviously scarce, even if one can find similar designs of this or that plate in another ornament treatise of the period. The joints are heavily rubbed. Typical edgewear to the binding otherwise. The plates are lightly age toned. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Der Ornamentenschatz. Ein Musterbuch Stilvoller Ornamente Aus Allen Kunstepochen. 100 Tafeln Mit Uber 1500 Meist Farbigen Abbildungen Und Erlauterndem Text, Dolmetsch, H.
2 Dolmetsch, H. Der Ornamentenschatz. Ein Musterbuch Stilvoller Ornamente Aus Allen Kunstepochen. 100 Tafeln Mit Uber 1500 Meist Farbigen Abbildungen Und Erlauterndem Text
1897 Third edition Hardcover Fine 
3rd, enlarged and best edition, with 100 color chromolithographic plates, each measuring 13 by 10 inches, and these are accompanied with one page of text explanation. This is the last of the great 19th century chromolithographic plate books on the decorative arts and ornament which began with Owen Jones' "Grammar of Ornament". With original decorated burgundy cloth with late Medieval/baroque gilt and black decoration of fleur-de-lys diaper, etc. Slight cocking to binding, which tight. Minimal shelfwear, with pinprick spots of greater wear in a few corner points, and slight rubbing along gutter. Interior clean, with mild toning around perimeters. One text page with small edge chip loss. Overall a bright and fine copy. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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3 Dolmetsch, H. Der Ornamentenschatz. Ein Musterbuch Stilvoller Ornamente Aus Allen Kunstepochen. 85 Tafeln Mit 1200 Meist Farbigen Abbildungen Und Erlauterndem Text
Stuttgart Julius Hoffmann 1889 Second edition Hardcover Very Good 
Small folio, 13 by 10 inches, 34 by 25 cm. The 85 plates are accompanied with one page of text explanation. This is the last of the great 19th century chromolithographic plate books on the decorative arts and ornament which began with Owen Jones' "Grammar of Ornament". With original decorated browny cloth with late Medieval/baroque gilt and black decoration of fleur-de-lys diaper, etc. Bumping to the corners. Minor rubbing along joints and shelfwear by shelf extremities. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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4 Hamlin, A. D. F. A History of Ornament Ancient and Medieval With 400 Illustrations
New York The Century Co. 1916 First Edition Very Good 
8vo. xxiv, 406 pp. Clean copy. Slight crack to hinge in front. Note that we have the accompanying volume two, Renaissance and Modern, which matches closely except it is slightly taller and thus is being offered separately. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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5 Hamlin, A. D. F. A History of Ornament Renaissance and Modern With 464 Illustrations and 23 Plates
New York The Century Co. 1923 First Edition Very Good 
8vo. xxxii, 521 pp. Also some color plates Clean copy. Note that we have the accompanying volume one, Ancient and Medieval, which matches closely except it is slightly taller and thus is being offered separately. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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6 Mariska, Gibitz Design Book of Gibitz Mariska
Hungary Paper laid on boards Good 
Oblong folio, measuring 16 by 10.5 inches, or 41 by 27 cm. N.d. Circa early 20th century. 27 original watercolor patterns or designs by Gibitz Mariska, and most of the leaves are signed by him. Nothing is known of Mariska, but from these drawings of ornament and design it is clear he was a talented designer, and his eclecticism captured the catholic, and sophisticated tastes that prevailed in fin-de-siecle Central Europe prior to the devastation, moral and aesthetic, of the First World War. Here are diapers, or patterns, of ornament, geometric, floral, modernistic at times, at others, reading as Renaissance, Art Nouveau or Baroque in their styling. While some of the drawings evoke patterns to be found in the great style books, there is always an originality invested in these as well. Besides Mariska's name, we can pinpoint the origin of this album to Hungary and Budapest because the paper was made by a Budapest firm (Seefehlner or Gradl F. Adolf). The spine has been rebacked. The boards, with moire paper laid on, are considerably soiled, with a few large stains. The margins of the plates can be grubby. All the watercolors are bright and fresh. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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7 Ralph N. Wornum Analysis of Ornament. The Characteristics of Styles. An Introduction to the Study of the History of Ornamental Art
London Chapman & Hall 1884 Ninth Edition Blindstamped Cloth Very Good 
4to. vi, 190 pp. With plates of line drawings depicting ornaments along with text illustrations. Interior clean throughout. Blindstamped cloth binding with wear along joints and corners. Spine and board edges are sunned. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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8 Shaw, Henry Alphabets Numerals and Devices of the Middle Ages
London William Pickering 1845 First Edition Blindstamped Cloth Very Good 
4to. (11 by 7.5 inches, 28 by 19 cm.) 48 plates, 29 colored, 11 of which are hand-colored. 2 pp preface by Shaw, followed by 2 pp list of plates, giving source, date and sometimes other information. The book was published during a period of ferment in printing technology, with the advent of chromolithography, and thus we have plates colored in two different manners. As with everything that written or published by Shaw, the work was a standard both on Medieval culture and on the more specific topic treated therein, and works on typography that followed inevitably borrowed from this work. Over and above the outright use of the decorative letters rendered in the plates, a perusal of the samples should give a sense of the boundless variety of decoration simple letters can inspire even within the seemingly narrow vocabulary of Gothic ornamentation, or put another way, our narrowest understanding of the Gothic. The plates of this copy are clean other than a faint, shallow and inconspicuous impress stamp that is in the corner of a few of the plates. (The stamp is so faint all that one can really make out is the date of 1845 impressed.) Rebacked in blue cloth that is a close match to the blue boards. Some light shelfwear to the cloth. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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9 Shaw, Henry Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages (Two Volumes)
London William Pickering 1843 First Edition Full Morocco Near Fine 
With 94 hand-colored plates in addition to many hand-colored vignettes and devices scattered throughout the text. Very clean and tight. Modern blue morocco with raised bands and green spine labels. Marbled endpapers. The title page of Vol II has a perforated library label of the Hill Library St. Paul. Otherwise, the only other evidence of a former library home is possibly a number stamp on the bottom of thefpage following the title pages of each volume. 
Price: 1800.00 USD
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10 Shaw, Henry Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages (Two Volumes)
London William Pickering 1843 First Edition Half and Full Leather Good + 
An unmatched set, volume one half red morocco and slightly larger in size, and volume two full black morocco. With 94 hand-colored plates in addition to many hand-colored vignettes and devices scattered throughout the text. Some foxing, mostly in the prelims. Ex-lib, with only evidence a perforated library stamp on the title of volume one. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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The Encyclopedia of Ornament, Shaw, Henry
11 Shaw, Henry The Encyclopedia of Ornament
London William Pickering 1842 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Book. 4to - over 9. 6 pp., plus 59 mostly color plates, including title page, in important work to Gothic Revival which was then sweeping England and elsewhere. Shaw published this and other works that stoked and slaked interest in the movement whose roots can be traced to the Romantic Movement that took hold in the late eighteenth century. Shaw, in his meticulous rendering of Gothic ornamentation as expressed in various forms and objects anticipated the majesterial comprehensive works on ornament to come by Owen Jones, Racinet and others. This book can be enjoyed for both the intrinsic beauty of its plates and for its systematic presentation of form. Condition is VG. Plain cloth binding is tight. Some light foxing and toning on some plates, but fortunately, the more brilliant and exciting plates tend to be less afflicted by these issues. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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12 Shaw, Henry The Hand Book of Mediaeval Alphabets and Devices
London William Pickering 1853 First Edition Blindstamped Cloth Very Good 
4to. [8] pp followed by 36 plates. Plates are duotone, and so less visual "pop" than the hand-colored plates of other Shaw titles, but still a superb reference and probably just about the most widely circulated of the Shaw titles in his day. Spine darkened so lettering obscured, readable but barely. Blue of cloth somewhat uneven. Some foxing and/or soiling affecting a few plates. Upper edge of other plates with film of soil. Otherwise mostly clean, if not exactly bright. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Illuminated Ornaments Selected from Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the Sixth to the Seventeenth Centuries, Drawn and Engraved by Henry Shaw.  With Descriptions by Sir Frederic Madden, Shaw, Henry;  Frederic Madden
13 Shaw, Henry; Frederic Madden Illuminated Ornaments Selected from Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the Sixth to the Seventeenth Centuries, Drawn and Engraved by Henry Shaw. With Descriptions by Sir Frederic Madden
London William Pickering 1833 First Edition Quarter Morocco over Cloth Boards Very Good 
4to. (11.5 by 9 inches, 29 by 23 cm.) 16 pp followed by 59 hand-colored plates representing 40 different specimens. Also hand-colored half-title page. In total there are 150 examples of illuminated ornament provided on the plates. Some light wear to the binding. Some occasional finger smudges inside. Generally clean copy, with moderate age toning. 
Price: 2900.00 USD
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Illuminated Ornaments Selected from Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the Sixth to the Seventeenth Centuries, Drawn and Engraved by Henry Shaw.  With Descriptions by Sir Frederic Madden, Shaw, Henry;  Frederic Madden
14 Shaw, Henry; Frederic Madden Illuminated Ornaments Selected from Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the Sixth to the Seventeenth Centuries, Drawn and Engraved by Henry Shaw. With Descriptions by Sir Frederic Madden
London William Pickering 1833 First Edition Full Morocco Near Fine 
Large Paper Edition, folio sized, aka Imperial Quarto, 15 by 11 inches, 38 by 28 cm. 16 pp followed by 59 hand-colored plates representing 40 different specimens. Also hand-colored half-title page. In total there are 150 examples of illuminated ornament provided on the plates. This is a copy in which the illumination was rendered in actual gold, making this the scarcest version of this work, which was also issued without coloring and with more ordinary coloring in a smaller format. Full modern red leather binding is mint. Marbled endpapers. One description page and the tissue has a discreet achival tape repair on its verso. One minor closed tear elsewhere. Otherwise, but for occaional minor finger soiling, clean and tight. 
Price: 7500.00 USD
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15 Strange, Thomas Arthur An Historical Guide to French Interiors, Furniture, Decoration Woodwork & Allied Arts During The last half of the Seventeenth Century, The Whole of the Eighteenth Century, and the earlier part of the Nineteenth Century 400 Pages of Illustration
Quarter Morocco Very Good 
N.d., but early 1900s. Probable first edition, but no publication information provided within this copy. Profusely illustrated, with some photos in addition to the more prevalent line drawings. This has become one of the standard visual surveys on the field, with a strength being its separate treatment of a number of influential furniture-makers, artists and designers, such as Meissonnier, Oudry, Boule, etc. Rebacked with modern red morocco, which matches well the original boards. Boards have soiling. Generally pages are clean but one leaf heavily stained. A tight copy. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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