Acceptable. Dover Publications [Published date: 1968]. Soft cover, unpaginated). No other printings listed (early Dover printing). In acceptable+ condition. Oversized illustrated paper covers have bumping and creasing to edges and corners with a bit of peeling to the corner tips. Light overall scuffing, aging, soiling and fading to covers as well. Binding tight. Light dampstaining along bottom edge of first half of the book. Otherwise pages are lightly aged but unmarked with occasional light spotting. NOT Ex-Library. No remainder marks. A good reading copy. [From back cover] 4500 objects on 415 plates illustrate the remarkable variety of decorative ironwork from Roman times to the first part of the nineteenth century in this new inexpensive Dover edition of all the illustrative material from the 1924 French catalogue of the extensive collection in the Le Secq des Tournelles Museum in Rouen. This pictorial documentationby the French scholar and collector Henry Rene d'AIIemagne is the most valuable source of information now available for scholars, art historians, craftsmen, dealers, collectors, and laymen interested in antique ironwork. The work is divided into two parts. The first part, Architectural Ironwork, includes grilles, locks and padlocks, keys, escutcheons, door knockers, doorknobs, hinges and mountings, handles and pulls, bolts and latches, signs and brackets. The second part. Small Iron andSteel Objects, includes jewelry, toilet accessories, key rings and handbag frames, small boxes, scissors and sewing accessories, smoking accessories, religious symbols and liturgical objects, sundials, tower and table clocks, bindings, notebook covers, furniture, lightingfixtures, grilles, fireplace accessories, kitchen equipment, and various tools and instruments. Informative captions include places of origin, materials used for new purposes, characteristies of the objects, and historical facts connected with them. The captions have been translated and supplemented with a new introduction and bibliography of d'Allemagne's work by Vera K. Ostoia, Associate Curator of Medieval Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. All the illustrations from the original 1924 edition published by J. Schemit of Paris.
Stunning and copious collection of magnificent ironwork from France and Germany and Islamic countries. The lifelong passion of a scholar and craftsman formed this collection. 400 large pages with many, many clearly photographed examples on each. I've owned this book for 25 years and still derive inspiration and awe whenever I refer to it.
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