Paris: Librairie Renouard, H. Laurens, [nd but ca 1890 - 1900]. Five parts bound in one volume. ,,,, leaves, printed on rectos only, of stiff card. Oblong small quarto (15 x 22 cm). Early 20th century quarter gilt calf and marbled boards (edgeworn, lower joint cracking, but sound), 1902 ownership inscription, otherwise very good. Item #WRCLIT86197
A series of beautiful design sample books executed in brilliant color chromolithography with gilt highlighting. The designs include decorative and architectural embellishments, but the considerable majority represent work derived from manuscripts, books and albums from several centuries. Each of the16 leaves in a given part hosts multiple designs or examples of decorative initials, miniatures, and borders, accompanied by a heavily embellished title card.