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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; First Edition edition (April 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789476460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789476463
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This disc reproduces the printed The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones (London, 1856), with supplementary color plates from the 1868 edition. The original printed work was considered a masterpiece of 19th-century color printing, with thousands of examples of ornamental motifs and designs (many from ancient monuments and buildings) from the ancient world through the Renaissance, including both Eastern and Western design motifs. The complete work is represented here, viewable (as with other Octavo discs) in a variety of resolutions, searchable, printable, and supplemented with a critical introduction. This disc continues Octavo's pattern of creating digital reproductions of rare books that are themselves works of art. However, paper reprints of the original are available at a reasonable cost, so it is hard to understand why this title was selected for Octavo's otherwise rare books on disc series. This is the first Octavo disc with which this reviewer experienced performance problems. Response time was consistently slow even on a robust machine, owing (presumably) to the graphics-heavy nature of this title. The Bottom Line: The Grammar of Ornament is for libraries developing electronic text collections as well as art and design libraries; not an essential purchase.AEd Tallent, Research Instruction, Harvard Coll. Lib.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the CD-ROM edition.

Review

A classic art resource that has been beautifully transformed into digital format. The Grammar of Ornament is a treasure trove of visual resources for the Digital Artist. Whether graphic design for print, 2D imaging illustration, 3D modeling, Multimedia, Web design or motion picture graphics, this is an indispensable package for any artist. -- Susan A. Kitchens, The KPT Bryce Book and CD-ROM, Addison-Wesley Pub Co, August, 1995

Finalist, Best New Graphic Resource of 1996 -- MacUser, February, 1997

My hat's off to Direct Imagination, They've shown me how good an electronic book can be. -- Olav Kvern, ADOBE-On Line, Issue #8, July 15, 1996 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This doesn't contain any of the COLOUR prints for which this book is so well known.
JamesB
I'll have a better opinion once I've magnified the interesting sections, but I don't have the time or inclination ro do that at the moment.
Mr. Ian Stewart-koster
This doesn't contain ANY prints at all - and is consequently utterly devoid of purpose.
CLAU

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Alison on June 21, 2011
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Be warned that there are no illustrations whatsoever in the paperback edition of this book published by General Books. There's really no point to this book without the illustrations. The item description is not clear at all and does not specify that there are no color plates in the paperback. The item description is for a digital version of the book and the "look inside" is for a full color edition. These need to be listed as separate items to avoid confusion.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 2001
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The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones is a highly regarded design classic, first published in 1856 and just as relevant today. The DK edition is a pleasure to examine (although you may need reading glasses to see the six-point type for some captions). The small format fits well in the hand and has a nice heft (504 pages at 1.3 inches thick). The paper is superb and the colored inks for the thousands of engravings brilliant and crisp. If you need a version that lays flat on your drawing table or a scanner bed, however, this one has some drawbacks. The images are very tight to the inner margins, and the glued binding difficult to keep open without breaking the back. That aside, the DK edition is beautiful and a great buy.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JamesB on April 5, 2011
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Before purchasing I would have wanted to know that:
This was an OCR scan copy and that the OCR is full of garbage pages.
This doesn't contain any of the COLOUR prints for which this book is so well known.
This doesn't contain ANY prints at all - and is consequently utterly devoid of purpose.

A truly comprehensive gutting of an important design work, a visual reference without any visuals, a waste of paper. Congratulations Amazon.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was first published in 1856 and is a design classic! Owen Jones was born in 1809 and is a key figure in the history of British design. He was an architect and designer who taught in London during the 1850s.

He traveled in Europe and the Near East, were he helped to bring back ideas to improve the quality of Western design. This collection is a result of his comprehensive analysis of patterns. The sumptuous illustrations are presented in these sections:

Ornament of Savage Tribes

Egyptian Ornament
Assyrian and Persian Ornament
Greek Ornament
Pompeian Ornament
Roman Ornament
Byzantine Ornament
Arabian Ornament
Turkish Ornament
Moresque Ornament from the Alhambra
Persian Ornament
Indian Ornament
Hindoo Ornament
Chinese Ornament
Celtic Ornament
Mediaeval Ornament
Renaissance Ornament
Elizabethan Ornament
Italian Ornament
Leaves and Flowers from Nature

The original Preface to Owen Jones's original folio edition has been preserved and included. The general principles in the arrangement of form and color are listed so you can see which are advocated throughout this book.

If you are interested in reading about over 2,350 classic patterns (color engravings representing a vast range of ornamental styles), this is the book for you! More than likely, you will gravitate to one form of the other and concentrate your reading efforts on those sections.

The actual pictures are all numbered and the mediaeval section is especially beautiful.

Iain Zaczek has contributed to the commentaries in this work. He is an art historian and has written on a wide variety of subjects. He is also the author of The Essential William Morris, The essential Art Deco, and the Art of Illuminated Manuscripts.

~The Rebecca Review
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CLAU on January 22, 2012
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I WILL REPEAT A REVIEW, LIKE IT WAS MINE:

Before purchasing I would have wanted to know that:
This was an OCR scan copy and that the OCR is full of garbage pages.
This doesn't contain any of the COLOUR prints for which this book is so well known.
This doesn't contain ANY prints at all - and is consequently utterly devoid of purpose.

THANKS AMAZON!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By richard lalli on April 3, 2013
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The description of this volume is entirely misleading. Don't buy it. There is neither a disc not color images as they promise.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Vitor Garcia on April 7, 2011
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Don't trust the photos.

Like JamesB Said:

This was an OCR scan copy and that the OCR is full of garbage pages.
This doesn't contain any of the COLOUR prints for which this book is so well known.
This doesn't contain ANY prints at all - and is consequently utterly devoid of purpose.

A total waste of money
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. on February 7, 2006
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I was disappointed when I first received this book. I had bought it as recommended reading for my design course and ordered it blindly. I don't know what I had expected but this wasn't it. Then, one day, I pulled it off my bookcase, looking for information on a certain type of design - and suddenly found myself enthralled with the beauty of this book. Let it not fool you, it's a beautiful little gem packed with design and information. Not a centimetre wasted.
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