Alexander Speltz
Dover Publications, New York, 1959, English; translated and reprinted from the 2nd German ed., 1910
Nonfiction, Graphic Design
ISBN: 9780486205571

From the Publisher. This mammoth collection of ornament features 3,765 illustrations from a wide variety of periods: the Middle Ages, including Byzantine, Romanesque, and Mohammedan; Renaissance from Florence to Poland; Rococo; Colonial style; 18th century classical revival; Empire; and Biedermeier and Neoclassical from Germany. Gargoyles, capitals, jewelry, tapestries, religious objects, furniture, bridges, and much more. Translated from German by David O’Connor.

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A comprehensive, even maniacal, catalogue of ornament in architecture and design from pre-history to the late 19th century. The original was printed in Leipzig, with text and drawings by Speltz himself. I wonder if he had a real life during the making of this book—take a look at it and you’ll understand!

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