A very esoteric choice, I know. It's a 1964 Dover Publishing art reference/reverence book from my bookshelves. I just got the notion to share it with you today.
This wonky cover is the only flat one I could find online.
I thought Friday's Forgotten (or Overlooked) Books day had been cancelled, but I was wrong. It's alive and thriving and shortly to appear on Todd Mason's blog, SWEET FREEDOM. Patti Abbott who usually collects the Friday links is traveling so Todd has stepped in to do the collecting.
200 Decorative Title-Pages brings back the idea that every part of a book should be beautiful. An idea I can't and won't quibble with since I totally agree. The book reminds us just how gorgeous wood or metal-cut and the painstaking art of 17th, 18th and 19th century engraving can be.
I've checked online for scans of pages from this book since I don't own a scanner. But I think I've posted enough examples to give you an idea of the flavor. It's simply a feast for the eyes.
In the past I've used Nesbitt's book for design ideas and/or solutions. It's a remarkable resource. Thank goodness that Dover still seems to be publishing these sorts of art reference books.
The copy I have does not have tinted pages, but these copies were the only ones I could find online.