Ornamental Alphabets. Ancient & Mediaeval, From The Eighth Century, With Numerals. Including Gothic; Church Text, Large and Small; German Arabesque; Initials for Illumination, Monograms, Crosses, &c. For The Use Of Architectural And Engineering Draughtsmen, Masons, Decorative Painters, Lithographers, Engravers, Carvers, &c. &c.
Oblong 8vo. (242 x 150 mm). Original blind-stamped and decoratively gilt-lettered light brown pebble-grain cloth, endpapers printed with advertisements for other Spon publications; [vi] pp., and 53 numbered leaves (the last few misnumbered but complete), each with a different set of alphabets, letters, monograms or numerals, printed in a range of tints, the versos blank; the boards lightly bumped, light vertical crease to the upper board, otherwise a very good, bright copy.
Provenance: Inscribed in ink to the upper margin of the title-page ‘Adelaide M. L. Bernard/ Sepr 2nd 1863’.
Fourth edition, enlarged. First published n 1858, a new edition was in all probability produced to take advantage of the interest generated by the International Exhibition held in Kensington in the same year. Sponsored by the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Trade, the exhibition halls were constructed on a site now occupied by the Natural History Museum.
The alphabets illustrated include one suitable for constructing in metal, in all likelihood for use in pierced brass chancel rails and screens etc.
Stock number: 1254