Title A Descriptive Catalogue of the Maiolica : Hispano-Moresco, Persian, Damascus, and Rhodian Wares, in the South Kensington Museum. With Historical Notices, Marks, & Monograms. [majolica]
Book Condition Very Good Minus
Edition First Edition
Size 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall
Publisher London, England Chapman and Hall 1873
Seller ID 007546
Presumed early but not first printing or thousandth of the first edition. NOT ex-library. Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode. Approximately 10 x 7 inches. Bound in contemporary brown quarter morocco, with gilt-stamped lettering and rules to the spine, and with olive drab buckram boards. Lightly bumped spine head and tail, with bumped and abraded corners. The leather with some rubbing along the edges and at the middle of the spine. Buckram mostly unsoiled. T.E.G. Attractively deckled fore- and bottom edges. Darkest green paper pastedowns and FEPs and with sound hinges. Text block firmly bound in. With cix and 698 numbered pages of text, including Works Consulted, Table of Register Numbers, General Index. and Errata sheet. There are 12 tipped-in full-page color plates, numerous full-page woodcut illustrations, and scores of maker marks. Half title page loose along the bottom 3 inches. TItle page with "16860" written in a small, neat ink hand to the verso. A hint of age toning to all pages, quite minor. Else we can find no demerits to speak of. A very clean copy, and rated Very Good Minus. The publication of the catalogue established Fortnum [1820-1899] as a leading authority throughout Europe. Whilst this book represents an inventory of maiolica in the South Kensington Museum, London, it is noteworthy that, thanks to the scholarly collecting of Fortnum, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, possesses an Italian maiolica collection of international importance.