London: V&A Publications, 2005. First edition. Cloth over Boards. Quarto, pp. 368, indexed, illustrated with color photographs. Near Fine in Near Fine DJ. Item #20469
The world we live in today owes a great deal to the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the subject of this ground-breaking and beautifully illustrated book. It was a radical movement; indeed there was a missionary zeal to the pioneers of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, concerned at the effects of industrial manufacture on standards of design and its debilitating social consequences. They advocated a return to a simpler way of life, a revival of traditional handicrafts and techniques, and an appreciation of the beauty in everyday things. This volume traces the movement through the decades and across the globe, starting with Britain and traveling through America, Europe, and Japan. Its publication coincided with a major exhibition at the V&A in London. From the Old House Journal reference library.