The Coloured Ornament of All Historical Styles. With Coloured Plates From Own Paintings in Water Colours by Alexander Speltz, Architect (Volumes 1-3)
Place Published: Leipzig
Publisher: K. F. Koehlers Antiquarium
Date Published: 1914-1915
Edition: First English-language edition
Book Id: 41224
43; 45; 58pp. Folio [39 cm] Three plate volumes with the accompanying booklets bound in wraps. In portfolios with tan cloth spines and brown paper over boards lettered and ornamentally stamped in orange, purple and black. Two of the books are in good only condition, with the text blocks split in half. However, the text for part 1 is in very good condition. The portfolios are worn and mildly darkened and soiled. The inner sleeves of the portfolios are heavily torn, and the front pastedowns have a bookseller's small labels. The plates are in three-colour or four-colour printing with a frontispiece and illustrated text. The plates themselves are in very good condition. The paper on which the colour plates are mounted, is brittle, so the borders have very occasional closed tears, and are intermittently chipped with loss (more so in Part 3). The text on plate 47, part 3, is minimally obscured. The plates are very bright. Volume 1 lacks the frontispiece plate, however all sixty plates in each volume are present.
Part First, Antiquity; Second Part, Middle Ages; Third Part, Modern Times. The title page in part 1 refers to a work in four parts, however the project was later modified to 3 parts. Alexander Speltz was also the author of the successful work, "The Ornamental Style," published in 1904 by Bruno Hessling in Berlin.