178pp. Both front and rear boards are identical, ornate papier mâché panels designed to imitate carved wood. There is some chipping to their edges and corners, but they're largely complete. They're also quite crazed with many fine cracks, but do not appear to be weak or separating at any point. Black leather spine with decorative gilt is heavily rubbed and has fragments missing from top and bottom edge. Decorative marbled end papers are crisp and bright. Classified only as "Fair" because internally, all pages are loose and lightly foxed, but otherwise crisp and clean throughout with many attractive plates - some colour, some black and white, and a few with gilt. All colour plates are signed: "H.N. Humphreys. Lith. Day & Son Lith.rs to The Queen." All three exposed edges of block have bright, good condition gilt applied.
Taken from title page ...... "A connected narrative of the development of the art in it's primeval phases in Egypt, China, and Mexico; it's middle state in the Cuneatic systems of Nineveh and Persepolis; it's introduction to Europe through the medium of the Hebrew, Phoenician, and Greek systems; and it's subsequent progress to the present day".