New York: Selmar Hess, 1888. Hardbound. G (Moderate wear and scuffs to spines and corners; outer spine of vol. 3 is separating from hinge; front board of vol. 3 has soiling patch at bottom quarter; pages have aged only lightly; engravings are clear; some wear at front inner hinges of first two vols.; may have been re-lined at flyleaves in contemporary times; a solid set in general. Leather dusting/flaking off where rubbed.). 3 vols. Black textured cloth boards with brown leather spine & corners, gilt letters and ornate gilt decorations on spines, gilt outlines on covers, gilt decorations on front covers, gilt edges all around; 974 total pp., hundreds of BW illus. A three-volume set devoted specifically to a variety of artists and their work. A hefty, substantive work peppered with crisp, lovely steel engravings. An excellent reference for the student or collector of 19th century works.
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