N.d., circa 1880. Elephantine folio, 43 by 28 cm. Frontis rendering of the Sun Foundry elevation, title page, , 39 plates with a wide variety of fountains, some monumental and spectacular, and their component parts (sculpture, pools, canopies, aquarium fountains, etc.) A few of the illustrations are full page, and two are double paged (counting as two plates each). While the illustrations are simple line scaled drawings and straightforward lithography, the elaborate fountains, with their seraps, dolphins, cranes, acanthus and other Beaux Arts detailing, are visually arresting and make this an extraordinary trade catalogue. There are other George Smith catalogues to be found on OCLC First Search, but none are this particular one or in this large a format, and the total number of Smith catalogues in book form is also not large. (Other catalogues, presumed slightly earlier, can be of a fuller line offered by the company.) Soiling on the blue paper pastedown. Some looseness of the hinge. General wear. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Catalogue of Architectural and Ornamental ...
Publisher: George Smith & Co., Sun Foundry. William Gorman & Co., draughtsmen and Lithographers
Book Condition: Good
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