Polychromatic Ornament. One Hundred Plates In Gold, Silver, And Colours, Comprising Upwards Of Two Thousand Specimens Of The Various Styles Of Ancient, Oriental, And Mediæval Art, And Including The Renaissance And The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries. The Subjects Selected And Arranged, In Historical Order And In A Form Suitable For Practical Use, By A. Racinet. With Explanatory Text, And A General Introduction, Translated From The Original French.
Folio (385 x 260 mm). Bound by Francis Bedford (1799-1883), in contemporary crushed red morocco, elaborately decorated in gilt and blind, the spine divided into six compartments with raised bands gilt, gilt lettering to the second, the remaining compartments decorated with gilt floral tools set within a double gilt ruled frame, gilt turn-ins, a.e.g., marbled endpapers; , (half-title, title-page printed in red and black, contents, and introduction), 58pp. + 100 fine chromolithograph plates, some highlighted in silver and gold, each with a leaf of descriptive text, + 1f., subject index; a fine copy.
Provenance: Walter Macfarlane (1817-1885), proprietor of Macfarlane’s Castings, Possil Park, Glasgow, inscribed by him in ink to the upper margin of the title-page ‘ W. Macfarlane / Saracen Foundry’.
Stock number: 1277