London and New York. Charles Scribner's Sons. Boussod, Valadon & Co., 1889.
Hardbound heavy volume, marbled edges, black and white plates with tissue guards throughout, a few color images, 360 numbered pages, 13 x 10 1/2 inches, 1/2 leather binding. Light wear to cover extremities, a few marks to covers, joints cracked at bottom (up to 4 inches), adhesive used in binding has led to patches of discoloration along front pastedown edges; the volume is tight and the interior in very good clean condition. Very heavy volume which may require extra postage. An imposing elegantly produced publication, with exquistely printed engravings, covering various topics in the areas of literature, fine arts and other areas. Of particular interest is a lengthy article on birds of paradise accompanied by three color plates. Other articles include "The Artizan-King" about Louis XVI and his interest in decorative arts, the article "Minor Picture Shows in Paris", and an article about the painter Jules Breton. Item #56283