London: Bernard Quaritch, 1868. First edition. Only two hundred copies were printed. Chromolithograph title-page and section title, plus fifty-three chromolithograph facsimile plates. Beautifully chromolithographed in more than twelve colors by W.R. Tymms from the original copies drawn by J.O. Westwood. Text by Westwood. Wear to calf; hinges tender. Marbled endpapers. Library bookplate and perforation stamp to title-page and section title (Free Library of Philadelphia). Clean and bright inside. Blank paper guards. A very good copy of this extravagant and unusually large masterwork of chromolithography. Contemporary half calf over brown cloth boards. Gilt spine with six raised bands and gilt numerical library stamp. Large folio (21 ” x 14”). xv, 155 pp. Item #17087
William Robert Tymms (1828 – 1878) also engraved a hundred plates for The Art of Illuminating (1860), written by Matthew Digby Wyatt, and the plates for J.B. Waring’s great work Masterpieces of Industrial Art and Sculpture at the International Exhibition (1863). Both he and John Obadiah Westwood (1805 – 1893) contributed an essay to Owen Jones’s The Grammar of Ornament (1856) on the types of ornaments.
McLean: “The chromolithographs, many of which are in twelve and more colors, are rich and pleasing…” (Victorian Book Design, p. 133).