Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1931. First Edition. hardcover. 435 illustrations. 2 volumes, 4to, blue cloth (spines somewhat faded). Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931. First edition. A very good copy.
"A scholarly history of ornament from the Gothic period to the 20th century. The patterns are treated in the context of the history of civilization, as "a speculum minus of human life, darkly reflecting the web of man's thought and feeling." Concentrates on the Western countries with the greatest change; includes architectural details, relief sculpture and painted figures which are part of a decorative scheme." -- Arntzen/Rainwater P67; Chamberlin 1633.