by FALKE, Jacob Von
FALKE, Jacob Von. ART IN THE HOUSE. Boston: L. Prang, 1879. 4to. Publisher's full brown morocco, elaborately blind and gilt stamped, all edges gilt. xxx, 356 pages, added chromolithographic title page, 60 plates. First American edition. [Holzenberg, # 77]. Falke was perhaps the most important German writer on taste in the Aesthetic era. He has written a history of interior decoration--beginning with the Greco-Roman house through the eighteenth century. Critical observations on style and harmony are filtered through aesthetic principles. Successive chapters deal with decorating the house in various stages: the floor, wall ornaments, ceilings, furniture and decorations on the table. His work reflects many of the "artistic" principles in vogue in England and elsewhere: the dependence of Form on function; the importance of good design in everyday living; and the preferred use of historical styles as inspiration, rather than strict models, for modern decor. This edition was translated by C.C. Perkins from the third German edition. The 60 plates are a combination of five chromolithographs, and 55 albertypes and typographic etchings. In addition there are one hundred and sixty-six in-text figures. Front cover with a gilt stamped vignette; interior of front hinge neatly reinforced; some light foxing. Otherwise, a very good copy of a heavy book usually found in shaken and worn condition.
(Inventory #: 40578)