"The greatest art of the world was done for its place and in its place": First edition of Nancy McClellan's The Practical Book of Decorative Wall-Treatments; signed by her
The Practical Book of Decorative Wall-Treatments.
Item Number: 96239
Philadelphia and London: J. B. Lippincott, 1926.
First edition of Nancy McClelland’s authoritative work on interior design. Octavo, original decorated cloth with elaborate gilt tooling to the front panel, top edge gilt with others uncut, frontispiece in color with tissue guard present, eight other illustrations in color and 206 in doubletone. Signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “Nancy V. McClelland April 30, 1928.” In very good condition. Previous ownership name above the inscription. A nice example, uncommon signed.
One of the earliest American female decorators of the 20th century, Nancy Vincent McClelland was one of the foremost advocates for the professionalization of interior design. An expert on wallpaper, Scottish furniture design, and both European and American art and antiquities, McClelland gained international renown as an interior decorator, wallpaper designer, and collector of antique furniture. The Practical Book of Decorative Wall-Treatments contains chapters on the historic development of decorated walls, plaster walls, frescoed and painted walls, tiles as wall decoration, wood-paneling, and the openings of a room and their composition.