London: Macdonald, 1986, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Black & white drawings; Frontispiece;
From the cover: An immense variety of ornament has been produced through the ages. Each style is quite individual, the product of particular circumstances. However, as the styles have been copied time and again to form the basis of new forms of design, often their origins have been forgotten and some of their beauty lost.
This book is a pictorial survey of decoration since the Industrial Revolution. It is the first of its kind: the few great nineteenth-century works, such as Owen Jones Grammar of Ornament, either concentrated entirely on historical examples or on contemporary material; no recent work has attempted such a wide-ranging survey. All styles of ornament are covered in turn from nineteenth-century Encyclopedism to the designs of Zandra Rhodes. Each of the twelve chapters has a detailed and concise introduction, discussing the origin and history of the style and the designers who developed it. This is followed by a wide and representative selection of pictures, illustrating the variety of uses to which each style has been put. The illustrations have full and informative captions. They are taken both from rare published sources and original works and very few are at all widely known.
Particular features of the book are a critical survey of the last forty years of decoration, during which a remarkable revival has taken place; the most complete bibliography so far published on the subject; and over 300 biographies of important designers.
The informed text and the unique collection of illustrations both the result of years of research by the author make this book an unrivalled source for designers, as well as an essential reference for historians and everyone with an absorbing interest in the subject of design and decoration.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a nick to the bottom corner of the upper panel and the head of the join of the lower. Text complete, clean and tight.
Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 336 pages. Index. Bibliography. 11¼” x 8½”.