1881. [New York]: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1881.
8vo., xii, 242 pp., five chromolithographic plates and numerous uncolored engravings in the text. Original green cloth, stamped in burgundy ink, gilt title to upper board, some fraying to the edges of the boards; very good. Contemporary bookseller’s label and later ownership signature on front pastedown.
§ First edition. Detailed instructions and ideas for decorative projects in the home, ranging from embroidery and vase painting, to treatments of walls, windows and furniture. Two of the plates depict room designs by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the leaf following the title-page reprints part of an address by William Morris. The chromolithographs are interesting from a technical perspective, appearing to take advantage of the color subtleties made possible by stippling, and by the crosshatching technique more commonly found in chromoxylography. OCLC 264931260. Item #108248