The Art of Illuminating, as Practised in Europe From the Earliest Times. By W[illiam]. R[obert]. Tymms. [1860].

The Art of Illuminating, as Practised in Europe From the Earliest Times.  By W[illiam]. R[obert]. Tymms.  Essay, and Instructions as to its Practice, by M[atthew]. Digby Wyatt.  To Be Completed in Twelve Monthly Parts.  London:  Day and Son, 1860.  4to.  104pp. of text, color illustrated front covers of issues loose, followed by 98 spectacular colored plates, showcasing heavily embellished & detailed illumination, many done in gilt, some with original tissue protectors.  Loose.  Original brown cloth, rear cover only, with the front being pale red cloth ribbon & envelope-style wrapper; faded & worn.  The reference work on this subject covering the art from the Sixth through the Sixteenth Centuries.  Missing plate Number 5 from the Eighth Century: front cover title pages for Monthly Parts 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and Parts 11 & 12 only (missing Parts 1 and 3): else colors beautiful and bright.  Ready for the binder (or the framer) and priced accordingly.