AUDSLEY'S LARGE FOLIO ORNAMENTAL ARTS OF JAPAN, WITH 70 EXCEPTIONAL FINE FOLIO COLOR PLATES AND A MAGNIFICENT INLAID MOROCCO-GILT BINDING
AUDSLEY, George Ashdown. The Ornamental Arts of Japan. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, 1882-84. Two volumes. Large thick folio (12 by 16 inches), original full black morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and boards with bamboo and crane motif, red, green, and tan morocco inlays, beveled edges, all edges gilt; housed in publisher's original boxes.
First edition, with 70 magnificent tissue-guarded chromolithographic plates, 35 black-and-white photogravures and hundreds of in-text illustrations, beautifully bound.
Architect George Ashdown Audsley was renowned for his concentrated study of ornament: "this study found expression in a long list of scholarly and lavishly produced books on ornament and illumination which form, even more than his work as a practicing architect, the foundation of his wide reputation" (DAB). His breathtaking survey of Japanese ornament contains sections on drawing, painting, engraving and printing, embroidery, textile fabrics, lacquer, encrusted work, metal work, cloisonné enamel, modeling and carving, and heraldry; each section consists of text followed by a splendid series of vivid color lithographs and black-and-white photogravures.
Usual scattered foxing to text, plates generally clean and bright, one plate with a very minor paper repair. Binding beautiful and fine. A magnificent production.