The Grammar of Ornament; All 100 Color Plates from the Folio Edition of the Great Victorian Sourcebook of Historic Design

New York: Dover Publications, Inc, 1987. Reprint of 1856 edition. Oversized Paperback. Quarto, pp. 4 plus 100 color plates. Very Good. Item #22533

This was the first book to present a global and historical range of ornament in color, the first to display "primitive" art for its design content, and among the first to suggest nature as a basic design source (the concluding section presents a magnificent series of illustrations of leaves and flowers). Widely used and circulated, it was a prophetic work which marked a major change in Western aesthetics and heralded a move towards nonrepresentational art. Its value as a beautifully organized and produced pictorial museum of historic ornamental design remains unsurpassed.

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