(Seré, Ferdinand)

Select examples of the ornaments of the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance period. Twenty-eight plates (headed thus at top of first printed leaf).

(No publisher’s imprint, but 1851).

Reference: 07167
Price: £150 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. (4)pp, (28) plates, 15 of which chromolitho, the others engraved. Contemporary qtr calf, worn. 19th century engraved armorial bookplate of Philip A. Hurt.

A collection of engravings of medieval garments, objects and works of art, drawn by Seré, a noted illustrator and draughtsman, engraved under his personal supervision, and printed by the Lemercier firm in Paris. The plates include a number of beautifully printed chromolithographs, some in gold and silver, depicting art treasures from private, royal and church collections from across Europe. Seré (1818-1855) had already collaborated with Lacroix on a large volume on medieval antiquities, but the current book, published by the author with text in both French and English, is scarce ; while the Getty copy has a French title leaf dated 1851, and a Paris imprint, our copy, and an identical copy in the Library of Congress (listed in NUC under “Select Examples”), appear to have been issued without these for sale in England.

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