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. Henry Shaw.
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

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. leather_bound. Unpaginated. 37 x 27.5 cm. Additional illuminated half title, title page printed in red and black with 59 hand colored lithographs heightened in gold and silver.The first four plates (Greek Eusebian Canons) printed separately and mounted to pages. Series of hand-illuminated plates recording ornaments and decorations from the middle ages to the renaissance; scarce in all editions, Ruari McLean comments: “the key drawings by Shaw are printed from etched (often stone etched) or lithographed plates (the same illustration occurs in both etched and lithographed versions, for no apparent reason) and the colours painted in by hand. Raised bands, spine panels in elaborate gilt motifs, the design carried to front and back covers housing at center the gilt escutcheon of John Frederick Earl Cawdor, inner dentelles, and bound by St. James with their leather sticker on front cover pastedown. Offsetting of inner dentelles to endpapers. VICTORIAN BOOK DESIGN p.65. ABBEY LIFE 234. HARDIE pp. 258-259. Our previous copy was 28 x 22 cm. Much wider text margins herein. Plates bright and clean, some slight rubbing to lower front cover corners and joints. Orig. full black morocco. Aeg. Near fine. Item #22150

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