London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd, 1925. Hardcover. Includes 36 color plates and 48 in text illustrations. "In these days it is unnecessary to say how bold a German publisher must be, to give so many coloured plates, at a time when with us all economic ideas are upside down. I hope this boldness will be rewarded. When we were excavating Ashur the wish became stronger, with every new find of this coloured Assyrian art, one day to convey the discoveries to posterity complete adn as unaltered as possible. Photography alone did not suffice for this; as far as possible every piece was copied in water-colours immediately after being found, and later we took the trouble to take colour photographs with Lumiere plates" (page 77). A folio bound in olive green buckram boards with gilt and leather title label to spine. Bumping to corners, wear to spine ends, wear to edges, minor soiling to boards, and rubbing to spine. Chipping to leather spine label. Bookplate to front pastedown. Evidence of removed library sticker to foot spine and evidence of removed library marking to rear free endpaper. Clean, bright interior aside from occasional light finger smudges to margins and minor browning to margins of plates. Tissue guards are present; however, some have creases and tears. 78 pages of text plus plates to rear. ART/021921. Very Good.
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London: John Murray, 1858. Hardcover. First edition of this seminal work on the pottery of the ancient world. Volume I discusses Egyptian, Assyrian, and Greek pottery; volume II covers Greek, Etruscan, and Roman pottery. It also includes a concise account of that of the Celtic and Teutonic nations. Simon Birch (1813-1885) was a highly regarded Egyptologist at the British Museum. This history of pottery is considered one of his principal written works. Bound in three quarter brown leather with gilt decoration and titling to spine. Leather is worn and bumped. Marbled paper covers, page edges, and endpapers. Interior pages are clean and bright, with light foxing to endpapers. With two chromolithograph frontispieces and ten color plates between the two volumes. Very good condition. Quarto. Volume I: 415 pages; Volume II: 437 pages including index. ARCH/030921. Very Good.
Paris: Auguste Vincent, 1905. Hardcover. Scarce folio volume with 111 black and white plates of various ornamental works based on the designs and renderings of Piranesi. Bound in half brown leather with marbled paper boards. Leather and boards are bumped and rubbed. T.e.g. Original wrappers bound in. Very good condition. DECO/051321. Very Good.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1893. Hardcover. First edition of this fascinating yet practical manual on the technical preparation of working drawings for various types of materials. They include carpets, woven fabrics, pottery, tiles, metal work stained glass, drawing for reproduction, bookbinding, printed fabrics, floor cloths, and wall papers. Each section includes some discussion of the issues and processes specific to that material along with some examples of drawings, with some sections more detailed than others. Bound in a handsome dark blue cloth with gilt titling and designs by Gleeson White. Some bumping, rubbing, and creasing to spine head and tail. Interior pages clean and bright with school prize bookplate affixed to front pastedown. A very good copy. Small octavo. 327 pages plus four pages of publisher advertisements. DECORART/042321. Very Good.