Wilhelm Zahn; Ornamente Aller Klassischen Kunstepochen 50 folio plts 1848 - Book
Ornamente Aller Klassischen Kunstepochen Nach Den Originalen in Ihren Eigenthümlichen Farben ...
Second series, fascicles XI to XX. (plates 51 to 100)
Berlin, Chez Dietrich Reimer 1845-1848.
Oblong folio (42.5 x 30 cm).
Extremely rare Second Series of this high point in mid 19th Century chromolithograph. , Title page, 10 pp. Of letterpress description dated 1845 to 1858, one for each fascicle. 50 large chromolithographed plates numbered 51-100. . Complete. Original calf backed boards with rich gilt tooling to spine.
Edges of binding rubbed and a little worn. As usual minor foxing and browning to plates.
Wilhelm Zahn (1800-1871) architect, painter, art critic and professor at the Royal Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin, was responsible for the archaeological excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii and as such made the analysis of frescoes and casts bronzes discovered under his direction. Later, he was the architect of many houses and villas built in the Pompeii style in England and the United States.
A monumental work on Pompeian wall painting, the second complete book to use chromolithography for its decorative colour, and “astonishingly successful. Zahn’s printer keeps his register successfully when using as many as seven different inks, meaning seven passages through the press” (Bamber Gasgoigne).
Published over a period of thirty-one years, it is seldom encountered complete or in an acceptable state of preservation.
A second edition with much inferior plates (1-100) was published in 1870-71.
"Traveling in Italy in the 1820s, Zahn recorded ornamental patterns at Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as the interiors of the 16th-century Palazzo Del Te in Mantua designed by Giuliano Romano. He published Ornamente, with its copious examples of classical, medieval, and Renaissance ornament, to educate designers in the neoclassical and Renaissance styles" (Exhibition catalogue for Journeys of the Mind: Architecture and Design. Smithsonian Libraries, 2001).