[Marcus Ward & Co., chromolithographic printers, London and Royal Ulster Works, Belfast.] 36 attractive chromolithographic prints of autumn leaves, each on a separate card, laid down in album by Marcus Ward & Co.

Marcus Ward & Co., chromolithographic printers, London and Royal Ulster Works, Belfast [chromolithographs]
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Publication details: 
No date [1870s?]. In album with printed title-page of ‘London: Marcus Ward & Co., / And / Royal Ulster Works, Belfast.’
SKU: 24843

An attractive collection of chromolithographs, suited to display. The plates are all in good condition, laid down on the aged and sometimes damaged leaves of a small 4to (17 x 21 cm) album with good tight bevelled-edged binding in dark brown cloth, on which an embossed stylized pattern of foliage and two storks is printed in black with the word ‘ALBUM’ on the front cover and blind-stamped on the back cover. The album has an ornate title page, printed in red, with illustration of flowers, branches and a butterfly, together with the word ‘Album’ and publishers’ details. The firm’s binder’s ticket (‘M. W. & CO. / LONDON’, ‘No. 6192) is at the foot of the rear pastedown. The 36 chromolithographs, each printed on 6.25 x 10.5 cm pieces of white card, are arranged side-by-side in pairs on the rectos of 18 leaves. 22 of the cards are captioned in black copperplate: 1 Adiantum Fern; 1 Birch; 2 Elm; 1 Horn Beam; 8 Maple; 3 Oak; 1 Pear & Plum; 1 Raspberry; 1 Red Maple; 1 Sassafras; 1 Wood-bine; 1 Whortlebury. In 1874 Marcus Ward & Co. produced a volume titled ‘Plants: their natural growth and ornamental treatment’, but the 44 leaves of plates do not correspond to the present collection. Colourful and effective illustrations of leaves with no background illustration, the white of the card nicely setting off the illustration. See Image.