London: Thomas Kelly, 1850. First Edition. Quarter Leather. Folio. Complete with 120 pages and 61 plates of which 25 (including the frontispiece) are hand-colored. Sound binding with intact hinges. Clean pages. Quarter-leather with original marbled boards; spine label replaced. Minor wear to cover. Noted in pencil inside the front cover: "This compendium of tasteful adaptations from Greek, Roman, Arabesque, Pompeian, Gothic, Cinque Cento, Francois Premier, and Elizabethan styles was published to counter the misuse of them which was being made at that time." Very Good. Item #008183
This book is discussed in J.R. Abbey's Life in England (page 3). The Arrowsmiths were decorators to Queen Victoria. A very attractive classic design reference has been highly sought title amongst collectors and designers.