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.
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