(London: Sampson Low, Son, & Marston, 1865). 210 x 137 mm. (8 1/4 x 5 3/8"). iv, 460 pp. FIRST EDITION.

VERY ATTRACTIVE BLUE-GRAY CRUSHED MOROCCO BY RIVIERE & SON (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers with blind and gilt rules enclosing a wide gilt filigree frame, raised bands, spine panels gilt in similar intricate pattern, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With original purple and gilt cloth bound in at rear. With engraved frontispiece portrait of an Austrian archduchess in a lace ruff collar, more than 150 illustrations in the text, and 26 plates (16 color) of lace patterns. Small portions of joints and extremities very slightly rubbed (and carefully refurbished), spine sunned to a hazel brown, (a hint of fading to portions of the boards as well), but the once very handsome binding still quite impressive, with almost none of the original appeal diminished, and beautiful internally, the text and illustrations especially clean, fresh, and smooth.

Described by DNB as "a comprehensive classification of varieties of lacework and a mine of information on its history," this lavishly illustrated, comprehensive study of the history of lace is considered the classic work on the subject. "Lace" is the second and most important work by Palliser (1805-78), who also wrote several books on poetry, the arts, and antiquities; it was translated into French in 1869, went to three editions in the author's lifetime, and was republished into the 20th century. Palliser helped to organize the International Lace Exhibition of 1874 at the South Kensington Museum, and donated many of her lace specimens to the institution, which now has one of the largest lace collections in the world. Our attractive copy of the first edition has the bonus of a fine lace-inspired binding by Riviere.

Price: $350.00