London. Virtue & Company. 1868.
New Series Volume VII. Leather-bound folio volume; gold embossed covers 13 x 9.5 inches; marbled end papers; viii, 288 pp. Twenty-seven steel engraved plates after well-known artists of the day (E. W. Cooke; C. Stanfield; Miss E. Osborn; Sir E. Landseer, etc.) all but two in very good clean condition (remaining two good only). Illustration of a sculpture called for in the list of plates not present; presumably never bound in. Numerous in-text wood engravings. Leather binding rubbed along edges; light abrasions to front cover; binding remains tight and secure. The complete Journal of 1868 is followed by an oddity: The Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867, pp. 217 through 331. It appears possible that the first 200 plus pages devoted to the Exhibition was bound separately with the Art Journal of 1867 to form a companion volume, now lost, to the one presently described. This portion of the Catalogue (pp 217 through 331) is lavishly illustrated with wood engravings and provides illustrated focus to the following topics: Furniture; Textile Fabrics; Goldsmith's Work, Silver and Jewelry; Porcelain and Pottery; Bronzes; plus other ornamental items. The exquisite and highly detailed illustrations provide copious coverage of the items listed above, as well as related goods. Overall, a most interesting volume focusing on the fine and applied arts of the High Victorian Era (the binding of the present volume providing an excellent example); contents in very good condition. Item #50725