New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1881. Original Cloth. Large 4to., 176pp. + 101 Plates.
Binding tight; top corners worn; bottom back corner rubbed. Binding one quarter black leather and green cloth. Gold lettering and decorative gold lines on cover and spine. Very minor spotting on cover. Frontispiece, preface and table of conents with small areas of discoloration, text clear throughout. Extensive descriptions and detailed illustrations of design motifs from twenty-four European and Asian cultures, from primitive tribes through the Renassaince, including styles of lettering, monograms, animal- and floral-derived motifs, geometrical and figurative designs, inlays, labyrinths, metal work, chimeras, blazonry, badges and more. Additional text by James Kellaway Colling, F.R.I.B.A. 100 yellow and black full-page plates (plate #96 missing; plate #97 loose); 321 black and white illustrations accompanying text. Minor light spotting on a few random page; plate 97s. An encyclopedic treasure of design ornamentation for artists and conoisseurs. Rare. Additional postage required.