Handbook of the arts of the middle ages and renaissance, as applied to the decoration of furniture, arms, jewels, & &. Translated from the French of M.Jules Labarte. With notes &. copiously illustrated.
London, John Murray 1855.
8vo. (5) + pp x-xxxvi + 443 + (1)pp (no half-title leaf), 204 woodcut ills. Contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards (by Caldwell, bookbinder, Dublin, with his ticket). Mid nineteenth century bookplate of Lord James (Wandesford) Butler (1815-1893 : President, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland), with a number of pencil notes in his hand referring to objects in his own possession. Later ink presentation inscription dated 1924.
A more complicated publishing enterprise than the title itself would suggest. As the translator, Mrs Bury Palliser, explains in her introductory remarks, the book’s text is based on the scholarly introduction written by the French art historian Jules Labarte (1797-1880) for the catalogue published in 1847 of the Debruge-Dumenil collection of objets d’art of the mediaeval and renaissance periods (but in this English-language version omitting any specific references to items in that collection), while the illustrations incorporate those used for the Debruge-Dumenil catalogue but are supplemented by additional illustrative material from English sources, most notably the published catalogues of the Londesborough and Bernal collections. Additionally, Mrs Palliser adds editorial notes of her own for the benefit of her English readership, so the volume is not simply a literal translation of Labarte’s original text.