Elephant Folio. (2), 15pp., 76 plates. Original portfolio with brown quarter cloth over light brown paper-covered boards with brown lettering on label of cover and string ties. Extraordinary collection of striking chromolithographs of decorative patterns and paintings in architecture from France, Germany and Italy. The collection of 24 double plates with tissue guards (19 x 25") and 52 single plates (19 x 12 1/2") has been taken from the German as well as the French edition, both published in 2 volumes and printed by Ernst Wasmuth in Paris. Ernst Ewald was a German painter who originally studied natural sciences at the University of Bonn and later painting under Carl Steffeck in Berlin and Thomas Couture in Paris. The portfolio contains half-title and title page of the first German volume and the complete text booklet of the 2nd German volume. Text in German, captions in German and French. Front cover and spine detached from back cover. Corners of decorative paper-covered boards with light wear and scuffing. Chip at head of spine and tear at tail. Text pages with some age-toning. Images on plates generally in near fine condition with few exceptions, e.g. two double plates have tears in middle fold in image or in margins not affecting images. Some light age-toning of plates in margins, occasional small stain. Binding in overall poor, plates in good+ to near fine condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Farbige Decorationen. Sammelband
Publisher: Ernst Wasmuth
Publication Date: 1896
Book Condition: poor to near fine
Edition: First edition.
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