Philadelphia, PA: House Painting and Decorating Publishing Co., 1887. First edition. Half-Leather with Marbled Boards. Small quarto, pp. 406, xlv, indexed, each issue illustrated with b/w engravings and a beautifully colored chromolithographic print. Very good; pages facing the color prints have some browning. Item #19767
An interesting assortment of articles focused on house painting and decorating at the height of Victorian styling, plus editorials, letters to the editor, recent patents, laboratory testing of new products, current news, clippings from readers and more. Some topics include the art of paint making, New York styles of painting and decorating, destruction of painted surfaces, painting on ironwork, the painter's health as affected by his occupation (lead poisoning), decorating a club room, decorative gilding, fresco, spirit fresco, encaustic and water-glass painting, and much more. The 45-page index is thorough and helpful. A comprehensive resource for those interested in 1880s painting and decorating.