Published in 1928 the subtitle of this magnum opus sets the scene. ‘a short survey of its development in decorative art, with particular regard to its inspirational relationship with other methods of craftsmanship.’ And while technically it is a short survey this is a large book filled with information and many illustrations in black and white and even some in colour. It covers an immense amount of ground from the Phoenicians to the beginning of the 20th century and the images are taken from museums and collections in the UK, US and Europe although as this was written before the Second World War some of the pieces referred to may have disappeared by now.
It was dedicated to the Queen [Queen Mary) who was our most avid royal stitcher of the 20th century and is a very interesting read. It was produced with two bindings. The workaday version was in red cloth. The presentation version, of which this copy is one, had the spine of embossed vellum and it came in its own card case. While the case has suffered some damage to its hinges the book itself is in really excellent condition. However, it is heavy so there will be additional postage, but in 1928 it was considered just the thing for a Christmas present, as an inscription in the Chief Executive’s copy of the book makes clear.
This is one title from a donated collection that we are able to offer for sale, all proceeds will help to support the RSN.