Ornamental plates

Bourgoin, Jules. Les Arts Arabes. Architecture - Menuiserie - Bronzes - Plafonds - Revêtements - Marbres - Pavements - Vitraux - etc.

Paris, A. Morel & Cie., 1873.

Folio (360 x 454 mm). (4), 3, (1), 4, (4), VIII, 28 pp. With 51 engr. plates and 41 chromolithographic plates. Contemp. half calf on 5 raised bands and giltstamped title to spine. Marbled endpapers.

 8,500.00

Only edition of this rare collection of stunning ornamental plates, showing Islamic architectural designs and decorative details thereof. With accompanying text by Bourgoin (1838-1908), who had spent years in Egypt as an architect and made extensive travels to Syria and Palestine. This monumental work, with a preface by E. Viollet-le-Duc, first made Arabic art widely known in Europe and was immediately recognized as a classic. Included with this set are three original pen-and-ink sketches of the geometrical mosaic designs in the Alcazar of Sevilla, as well as a sketch of western gothic architecture.

Some foxing throughout as usual, but mainly confined to margins. Binding slightly rubbed and bumped at extremities; still an excellent copy.

Blackmer 185. Gay 3435. OCLC 558156807.