DescriptionThe Art-Journal. London: George Virtue, 1849; 1850; 1851; 1852. First editions. Four large quarto volumes. With hundreds of illustrations. Full red morocco with extra gilt. Minor wear to extremities. Interior remarkably clean and bright. A handsome set in near fine condition.
viii, 380; viii, 392; viii, 328; viii, 384 pages. With many steel engraved plates and hundreds of illustrations throughout. In uniform full red morocco with extra gilt. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. A few tissue guards torn.
The Art-Journal was the most important Victorian journal devoted to art. Originally begun in 1839 as The Art Union Monthly Journal, the magazine changed its name to The Art-Journal in 1849 with the volumes offered here the first published under the new name. These volumes offer a comprehensive contemporaneous overview of the mid-nineteenth-century art world, with heavy emphasis on the British art scene. Includes articles and many, many illustrations, with several impressively realized full-page engraved plates.
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