RACINET’S L’ORNEMENT POLYCHROME, FIRST EDITION, WITH 100 BRILLIANT COLOR LITHOGRAPHIC FOLIO PLATES
RACINET, Auguste. L'Ornement Polychrome. Paris: Librairie de Firmin-Didot et Cie., . Folio (12 by 16-1/2 inches), contemporary three-quarter red morocco, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt.
First edition of Racinet’s beautiful collection of ornamental design, with 100 splendid large folio color lithographic plates highlighted in gold and silver.
Racinet's monumental work collects traditional decorative motifs from a wide variety of countries and time periods, including North Africa, the Near East, the Far East, and Europe from the Middle Ages through the 18th century. "Though modeled on Owen Jones' Grammar of Ornament, the present work actually surpassed it in the splendor of its chromolithographic plates. It was the most extensive published compendium of decoration, and was so successful that a second volume was published in 1883" (Durant, 22). Text in French.
Scattered light foxing to text and plate borders, plates bright and fine; modest wear to contemporary morocco.