1849. PUGIN, A. Welby. FLORIATED ORNAMENT. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1849. Folio. Original publisher's red half-morocco, decorated cloth boards. (viii) pages, 31 chromolithographic plates (excluding frontispiece and title). First edition. One of Pugin's last and finest published works. In Floriated Ornaments, Pugi offers a series of Gothic ornaments inspired from models found in nature. Th is Pugin at his best. Floriated Ornament directly influenced Dresser and through him art nouveau ornamentation. Pugin's own inspiration was Jacobus Theodorus's Eicones Plantarum (1590). "Pugin managed at last to write the te for the book on 'vegetable and floral ornament' that he had begun four years earlier. It was finished on Michaelmas Day, 29 September . ... It is a beautiful book, now rare, having been used to destruction in drawing offices, stylized English flora. Each plate shows five designs arranged in a quincunx within a gold border, the individual patterns symmetrical round one or two ax The common plants of field and garden, primrose, ivy, thistle and wild gerani are transformed into crystalline shapes, 'principally intended for stencilling.'" Spine lettered in gilt, covers with gilt stamped ornaments; binding repaired at extremities. Contemporary booksellers ticket of B.T. Batsford. Very good. (Inventory #: 39699)
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