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Hornung’s Handbook of Designs and Devices: 1,836 basic designs and their variations

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Editor: Clarence Pearson Hornung
Publisher: Dover Publications, New York
Publication: 1946, Second Edition
Binding: Softcover, section sewn
Pages: 216
Size: 135 x 205
Text: English

(Preface) 'In the latest, second revised edition of this famous book, one of America's foremost commercial artists and trade-mark designers has drawn and classified 1836 basic geometric designs and variations for quick, convenient, practical reference by workers in all fields of both applied and fine arts.

Representing the result of many years of patient, scholarly study by the author, along with much practical experience in using this material, the book provides large, clear reproductions of the most diverse and usable variations and combinations of such basic forms as: The Circle (crescent, sector, segment, ring, trefoil, quatrefoil). The Line and Band (wavy, zigzag, plaid, lattice). The Triangle (triangular variants, the arrow head, chevron, triquetra, trisklion). The Square (the rectangle, checker combinations, rectangular interlacements, the diamond, rhombic variants). The Cross and Its Many Variants. The Penta- gon, Hexagon and Octagon (six-pointed star, Solomon's Seal, the snow crystal). The Scroll (spiral scroll, wave scroll, the curvilinear motif, the monad, triad, loop). The Fret. The Shield.

To achieve a successful presentation of the most valuable geometric forms in the common store of decorative design, the author has drawn upon ancient Egyptian, Grecian, Roman, Arabian and Japanese as well as upon the most successful of modern motifs.

This second revised edition contains new sections of notes explaining the historical backgrounds of the plates and their symbolism.'

Condition: Good. All titles are used and show shelf ware consistent with age. Light rubbing and tanning to cover, crease down centre in addition to library barcode/sticker. Light tanning to outer edges of interior pages.

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