Official descriptive and illustrated catalogue / by authority of the Royal Commission
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3 v. (cxcii, 1470 p.,  leaves of plates (some folded)) : ill. (some col.), plans, maps ; 36 cm.
Cover and spine title: Official catalogue.
At head of title: Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, 1851.
Edited by Robert Ellis; introduction by Henry Cole.
"Copy on large paper, illustrated with photographs[?] and with half titles peculiar to this edition, prepared for and presented with the large edition of the jury reports and special reports to foreign governments and Her Majesty's Commissioners. Imperial 4to" (Dilke).
With added half-title (printed for presentation copies in red and black, with relief etching at foot): Presented by Her Majesty's Commissioners for the Exhibition of M.D.CCC.L.I. ...Some page numbers repeated; added t.p. and folded col. map at front included in plate count.
Pages numbered: cxcii, 1-208, 193*-208*, -478, 465*-478*; -1002; -1470.
With added engraved t.p. in v.I, drawn by J. Tenniel, R.A. and engraved by M. Jackson (p.ix).
Title on added t.p.: Official descriptive and illustrated catalogue of the Great Exhibition 1851.
Colour map of "Geographical view of the Great Exhibition of 1851, shewing [sic] at one view the relative & territorial distribution of the various localities from whence the raw materials & manufactures contributed to the exhibition have been severally supplied"; lithographed by Augustus Petermann, 5 Camden Street, Camden Town; folded between p.viii and ix in v.I.
Illustrated throughout with wood and steel engravings by various artists including J. Jarvis, P. H. Delamotte, C. P. Nichols and J. P. Davies.
Col. plan of exhibition building lithographed by Standidge & Co., 36 Old Jewry, London (v.I, p.109).
"Bound by Riviere" (foot of first free endpaper).
Bound in red morocco with design incorporating initials VA stamped in gold on upper and lower board; another design stamped in gold on spine; cover and spine titles in gold lettering; also blocked in blind on both boards and spine; royal blue moire doublures with a third design stamped in gold on inner boards; turn-ins decorated in gold; red morocco hinges; gilt edges.
Also published in 27 cm. casings, with a 4th (supplementary) volume.
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Height: 36 cm
Object history note
The Library holds three copies. This one was presented to Henry Cole.
Official descriptive and illustrated catalogue of the Great Exhibition 1851.
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