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    Henry Shaw. Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages. London: William Pickering, 1843. First edition. Large paper copy. Two quarto volumes. [94; 118] pages. Ninety-three plates, many hand-colored, some heightened with gold or silver. Full red morocco boards, inexpertly rebacked with red leatherette. Gilt lettering and faux raised bands to spine. Gilt turn-ins and beautiful gilt fleur-de-lis-patterned gauffred edges. Marbled endpapers. Boards with soot damage to edges of boards; light discoloration to front board of Volume II. All hinges strengthened with heavy clear plastic tape. Pages with foxing, plates rarely affected. Both volumes tight and sturdy. In overall very good condition. A lovely collection of plates.

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    Added color title and ninety-three color-printed, hand-colored, or tinted plates, many heightened with gold or silver. Numerous color-printed initials and woodcut vignettes.

    "There are ninety-four plates, showing paintings, miniatures, stained glass, furnishings, glasses, chests, vestments, gold cups, jewellery, etc., etc., mostly on copper, hand-coloured in the most sumptuous way; in addition the text accompanying every item is adorned with elaborate initials and decorations printed in colour from wood blocks, the only other Shaw-Whittingham book in which this occurs. It has a considerable claim to be called the most handsome book produced in the whole of the nineteenth century" (McLean, Victorian Book Design, p. 66).

    Colas 2720. Hiler, p. 796. Lipperheide 325. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 102.

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    February, 2012
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