Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Details of the Alhambra: from drawings taken on the spot in 1834 ... Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Details of the Alhambra: from drawings taken on the spot in 1834 ... Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Details of the Alhambra: from drawings taken on the spot in 1834 ...

Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Details of the Alhambra: from drawings taken on the spot in 1834 by the late M. Jules Goury and in 1834 and 1837 by Owen Jones. With a complete translation of the Arabic inscriptions, and an historical notice of the Kings of Granada, from the conquest of that city by the Arabs to the expulsion of the Moors, by Mr. Pasqual de Gayangos.

JONES, Owen, & Jules Goury.

Editorial: London: Owen Jones, 1842–5
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2 volumes, elephant folio (585 × 415 mm). Recent red crushed half morocco, red moiré cloth sides ruled in gilt, raised bands hatched in gilt to spines forming compartments ruled in gilt, second, third and fourth gilt-lettered direct, top edges gilt. Unnumbered tailpiece of vol. II transposed to rear of vol. I. Vol. I with slightly foxed title-page and small portion of pale dampstaining to lower outer corner of a few leaves not affecting images or text; vol. II bumped midway at fore edge of each board, plate L with a few marginal chips and spots and occasional pale marginal foxing to earlier plates with images spared. An excellent copy with bright plates. Chromolithographic title-page to each volume, 102 plates of which 67 chromolithographic (plate XLVI, Sala des Tribunal, also embossed), 31 engraved (of which 1 coloured, 3 double-page and 1 double-page and folding) and 4 lithographic (including 1 coloured), together with occasional wood-engravings to the letterpress, all by T. T. Bury, W. S. Wilkinson and others after Goury or Jones. First edition of the work which ushered in "the great period of British lithography" (Hunnisett), and precipitated "a revolution in the history of colour printing" (Hamilton). Upon finishing his architectural training, Jones travelled to Egypt, Turkey, and Spain in the company of French architect Jules Goury, spending six months at the Alhambra Palace in Granada. "On his return to England in 1834 Jones began the preparation of his first great work, Plans, Elevations, Sections and Details of the Alhambra. He issued the first three parts in 1836, but did not complete the first volume (in ten parts) until 1842. The two parts of the second and final volume were published in 1845. This was an important and impressive work, establishing his reputation as an expert on Moorish art and architecture. The magnificent colour illustrations contributed to the growing use of polychromatic detailing and decoration in nineteenth-century British architecture … In order to illustrate the Alhambra to his desired standards, Jones wanted to use chromolithography … But it was a new process and was beyond the abilities of English printers at this date, leading Jones to undertake the work himself. With the help of the firm of Day and Haghe, he set up his own presses in his residence at 11 John Street, Adelphi, in London" (ODNB). Chromolithography had been introduced to the British Isles by Charles Hullmandel in 1835 with four illustrations in Hoskins's Travels in Ethiopia, though "this delicate style of chromolithography was about to go out of fashion, probably because it was too hard to achieve. Hullmandel, having blazed the trail, concentrated instead from the early 1840s on tinted lithography … So the leading position in chromolithography was then left largely to the rival style of Owen Jones" (Gascoigne, Milestones in Colour Printing 1457-1859, pp. 31-37). "Jones's approach to colour-printing was that of the precise architect with an eye for abstract design and the harmony of colours, an approach carried further in his Grammar of Ornament, 1856. Here Jones is a forerunner of Morris, the Pre-Raphaelites, an Art Nouveau … Jones's technique of opaque defined colours had its application for many years in ornamental and simple pictorial subjects" (Abbey). His striking and highly significant chromolithographs are found here in exceptionally fine condition. Abbey Travel 156 (dates volume II as 1846); Hamilton, Arcadian Library 9302 & 14142, p. 278 (erroneously dates the first edition as 1841); see further Hunnisett, Steel-Engraved Book Illustration in England, p. 207. N° de ref. de la librería

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Editorial: London: Owen Jones, 1842–5

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