Woodbridge, UK: Antique Collectors' Club, 1991. First edition. Hardcover. near fine to fine. Quartos. Vol.1: 439pp. . Vol.2: 446-863pp. Photo-illustrated beige dust jackets with white and red lettering on the covers and spines. Grey cloth boards with gilt debossed lettering on the front covers and spines. Illustrated endpapers and frontispieces. The work is a finely produced 2 volume set, examining the history and techniques of western-syle jewellry-making, during the period of 1789-1910. As described in the book: "This is the first fully documented study of the jewellery produced during a period when old craft traditions co-existed with new industrial techniques...". The first volume covers the period 1789-1861, roughly from the time of the French revolution, until the death of Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. The second volume covers the period 1861-1910, from the death of Prince Albert to right before WWI. The two volumes are profusely illustrated throughout with a total of 422 finely produced photographic reproductions in b/w and 214 in color. Bindings with a minor smudge to the front cover of vol.1. Djs in and bindings in near fine, interiors in fine condition overall. (Inventory #: 43869)
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