New York. 1866. pp., printed on recto only. Each page embellished with decorative border in combinations of gold and rich colors. Quarto. Original heavily gilded calf, beveled edges, expertly rebacked in cloth, a.e.g. Some minor edge wear, but exterior gilt is bright. Internally fine except for almost negligible library blindstamp in upper margin of title-leaf and a few other pages. Bookplate. Overall just about very good. Item #WRCAM20070
An exquisitely decorative color plate book, with high grade chromolithography executed by the notable firm of Major and Knapp (previously Sarony and Major). The plates elegantly depict components of armor apparently based on scriptural directive, e.g. the breast plate, the valuable girdle, the "sandals of love and charity," the two- edged sword, the "shield of faith," and of course the "precious helmet." "One of the most elaborate books of its type" - Bennett. BENNETT, p.8. McGRATH, p.123, 144. REESE, STAMPED WITH A NATIONAL CHARACTER 59.