The Sermon on the Mount. Gospel of St. Matthew
Chapters V. VI. VII.
Jones, Owen (illustrator). London: Longman & Co, 1845.
Rare and very well preserved first edition of the Owen Jones
designed Sermon on the Mount with inclusions from the Gospel of
Matthew, published in London in 1845. A fine copy of this early
"illuminated book" by Owen Jones. Originally published in 1844, this
is the second issue with a revised title-page and alterations to
some other leaves. Gorgeous book has magnificent illuminated leaves,
each page on thick card, chromolithographed with additional
hand-coloring. Owen Jones (1809-1874), was an Anglo-Welsh architect,
designer and early color theorist. A pioneer of Victorian fine
printing, especially with regard to the use of color, with many of
his designs heavily influenced by studies of Islamic structures and
art in the Alhambra.
A wonderfully presented volume featuring not only the aforementioned
art and illuminated text and gilt chromo-lithographs, but ornate
decorative borders and initials all in Renaissance styling. Bound in
stunning original thick publishers morocco designed by Owen Jones,
with elaborate blind stamped decorations and central illuminated
crests with titling over vellum to each board; the spine with thick
raised bands. Presented with all page edges gilt. EXCELLENT