Scarce older publication; appears mostly untouched and unread, shows very slight signs of prolonged shelf-life, likely out of print. Recent publication with perhaps minor shelf-wear. Else, a very decent copy. The text block is free of marks. The page ends are straight and free of marks. The cover front and back is in excellent shape. The dust jacket shows normal wear. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: The Grammar of Ornament is by any standards a remarkable book. When it was first published in 1856, it was the first time that so many illustrations of ornament, of many periods and from many countries, had ever been shown in color in one work. It was the concept of Owen Jones (1808–74), a young Welsh architect, who at the age of twenty-three went on his grand tour to visit Turkey, Egypt, Sicily, and Spain. In Granada he became fascinated by the Alhambra Palace, in which at that time visitors could actually choose their own suites of room and take up residence. Jones made detailed drawings of the Palace, and in August 1834, he returned to England carrying not only his drawings, but also an enormous number of casts: "To ensure perfect accuracy, an impression of every ornament throughout the palace was taken, either in plaster or with unsized paper, the low relief of the ornaments of the Alhambra rendering them peculiarly susceptible of this process."
Jones’ aim was not to produce general artistic views, but to provide scientific accuracy in making an exact and detailed record of ornaments and colored decorations consisting largely of flat bright colors in geometric patterns. He could not find any printer in London able to meet his requirements; with the help of lithographic printers Day and Haghe he set up his own lithographic press and trained his own workmen at his own expense, having to sell part of the Welsh estate left him by his father to pay the costs of printing. Jones’ first book, Plans, Details, and Sections of the Alhambra, was the first of many projects leading toward his magnum opus, The Grammar of Ornament.
Commentary by Ruari McLean.
From the Publisher: Imaged from the Cary Collection of the Rochester Institute of Technology
Title: The Grammar of Ornament
Book Condition: VeryGood
Book Description Smithmark Pub, 1988. Condition: Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP96701080
Book Description Smithmark Pub, 1988. Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP57258569
Book Description Smithmark Pub, 1988. Paperback. Condition: Used: Acceptable. Text has considerable markings. DJ shows considerable wear with tears. Binding is coming loose. Your Satisfaction Guaranteed. We ship daily. Seller Inventory # B2F180130014
Book Description Smithmark Pub, 1988. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG1851701354
Book Description Studio Editions, London, 1995. Paperback. Reprint. Folio [33 cm] Teal paper covered boards with a gilt stamped on the spine. Very good condition. The edges of the covers are lightly rubbed. There is a previous owner's notation on the front free endsheet. The dust jacket is in very good condition, with rubbing. The inside flaps are ever so slightly yellowed.Extra charges apply on this item due to weight. Illustrated by Examples from Various Styles of Ornament. One Hundred and Twelve Plates. The Studio Library of Decorative Art. Seller Inventory # 26296
Book Description Smithmark Pub, 1988. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P021851701354
Book Description Studio Editions, 1995. Rilegato. Condition: come nuovo. Like new. Has minor wear. First edition 1986. This is the 1995 reprint., Ill. bn: --, Ill. colori: 112 plates in colour, Peso: 2325 gr. Seller Inventory # 13095-EE01
Book Description Studio Editions, London UK, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Dustjacket Very Good. Reprint. 157 pages + plates. Dustjacket has light wear/small creases to spine-ends, light wear to corners. Hardback binidng has light wear to spine-ends and boards' corners. Bottom page-edges have some darkening. Pages very clean, nice condition. A re-run of 1856 edition. Size: 13 1/4" tall by 9 1/2" Wide. Seller Inventory # 057760
Book Description Smithmark Pub, 1988. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111851701354
Book Description Studio Editions, London, 1986. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Cloth, gilt, 157 pp., col. illus.; 34 cm. Firm binding, clean inside copy. Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. OVERSIZE! No priority/international, except by special arrangement. Richly illustrated with colour plates. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Seller Inventory # 086530