SHAW, Henry.
SHAW, Henry. Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages from the Seventh to the Seventeenth Centuries.  London. Henry G. Bohn. 1858.  
2 volumes of 2. (274 x 182). pp, unpaginated. 94, tissue guarded, copperplate and lthographed plates, the majority handcoloured, as called for, together with woodcuts in the text with rubricated initials. Both volumes have a coloured second title page although the list of plates only includes the second title of vol.1. Plate 92 is bound before pl. 91 and the corrigenda in vol.2 is duplicated. Ink mss gift inscription to front free end paper of volume I. Some light foxing and browning particularly the first few and last few pages. Overall the contents and plates are fine and very bright. Marbled endpapers. Gilt all edges. Full red gilt morocco with decorative gilt edging to boards, Five raised bands and gilt decorated compartments and gilt title. An extremely good condition set. Henry Shaw (1800-1873) was a prominent architectural draughtsman, engraver, illuminator and antiquarian and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1833. Shaw wrote a number of books on medieval decoration and 'Dresses and Decorations...' is considered to be his most ambitious. McLean states that 'it has a considerable claim to be called the most handsome book produced in the whole of the 19th century'. It was first published in book form in 1843, after initially being produced and sold in monthly parts at a cost of £4000, in those days a considerable amount. The 1858 edition is often considered to have better colouring. A heavy set which may be subject to aditional postage.
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