The Grammar Of Ornament By Owen Jones
Published by Day and Son, Lithographers to the Queen, Gate Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields.
Illustrated by examples from various styles of ornament. one hundred folio plates drawn on stone by f. bedford, and printed by day and son.
FIRST EDITION Large Folio Chromolithographed calligraphic title page + letterpress title and 100 chromolithographed plates, many heightened in silver & gold, numerous illustrations in the  pp. text. This example seems to be the original parts issue of the text and plates, and has never been bound with the text only having been sewn and consolidated with a cloth back-strip, with text block and plates loose in a contemporary marbled paper and cloth portfolio. The text block is slightly foxed on the title page, otherwise clean and sound. The plates are also clean and crisp, one has an old tear repaired and 8 have at some time been folded but these faults are really only visible on the verso. Jones's masterpiece, a monumental example of colour printing, produced as a result of the impact of the Great Exhibition, was a prophetic work which was to mark a major change in aesthetic considerations and to herald the move towards non-representational art. The first great compendium of historical styles in an entirely original format where a global range of ornament was juxtaposed in coloured plates on a grand scale. A vital document in philosophies of design in the Victorian period which had an enormous impact on art and industrial design in England and the wider world.
[Stock No. 27040]