Henry Shaw. No Jacket. Elephant Folio-over 15"-23" tall (1833), hardcover, no dust jacket; new dark blue leather backing with older blue cloth; original gilt-lettered and decorated leather spine remounted; new dark blue endpapers and professionally applied binder's cloth on inner hinges; complete with 40 specimens on 59 plates showing ornament, with descriptive text for each, and extensive scholarly background narrative; some plates colored; ambient light foxing, the vast majority on blank margins, with minimal effect on illstns. or text; a few leaves with more noticeable clusters of foxing, and 2" bank of tape residue in upper blank margins of printed title page following b/w lithograph title page; ink notation and rubber stamp below publisher's dated imprint on title page records 1984 purchase of this book in London, England by sculptor Trygve Rovelstad of Elgin, IL who was, at the time of purchase "at work on the American Roll of Honor presented (to) St. Paul's Cathedral...", with Rovelstad's rubber name, "sculptor" and street address; binding tight.
Good. 2 p. ℓ., 18,  p. 59 color plates, 1 double plate. 29 cm. 3/4 Moroccan leather. Some wear to cover. Good binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages. Light institutional stamps and markings. Lowndes, IV, 2371.
Very Good. Book A delightfully illustrated collection of ornament examplesselected from the manuscripts and early printed books from the sixth to the seventeenth centuries. Drawn and engraved by Henry Shaw. With descriptions by Sir Frederick Madden. Adorned with fifty-nine beautifully hand-coloured plates. Collated complete. Published the same year as the first illuminated edition. Henry Shaw was an English architectural draughtsman, engraver, illuminator, and antiquary. His other works include; Examples of Ornamental Metal Work, Specimens of the Details of Elizabethan Architecture, with descriptions by Thomas Moule, and Specimens of Ancient Furniture, with descriptions by Samuel Rush Meyrick. Madden was the leading palaeographer of his day. However, his ignorance of German prevented his ranking high as a philologist, although he paid much attention to the early dialectical forms of French and English. His contributions to antiquarian research were numerous. The best known, perhaps, was his dissertation on the spelling of Shakespeare's name, which, mainly on the strength of a signature found in John Florio's copy of the work of Montaigne, he contended should be Shakspere. This led to a lengthy debate and to a period when the Shakspere spelling nearly became the norm. Condition: In a contemporary half crushed morocco binding with marbled boards. Externally, some rubbing, which is heavier to the spine and extremities. Mild straining to the hinges. Internally, firmly bound and bright, with only some very light scattered foxing. Neat copperplate ink inscription to the verso of the front free endpaper. Overall: VERY GOOD.
Illuminated Ornaments Selected from Manuscripts and Early Printed Books from the VI. to the XVII. Centuries
by Sir Frederic Madden
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