London: William Clowes & Sons, 1852. First Edition. First printing. Stout octavo (26cm). Publisher's red cloth-covered boards, decoratively stamped in gilt and blind; a.e.g.; cxx,-867,16pp; 3 inserted leaves of chromolithographic color plates. Mild foxing to preliminary leaves, with occasional spots of scattered foxing to text margins. Else a remarkably bright and well-preserved copy of this massive volume, easily Near Fine.
Full transcript of expert jurors' verdicts on the thousands of entries of items in the Great Exhibition of 1851. Prefaced with an index to the divisions, list of jurors, and a complete list of the prizes awarded, in subject areas ranging from raw materials (first prize, for "a process for washing and purifying coals" awarded to Bérard & Cie of France) to decorative furnishings (to the Gobelins-Beauvais Manufactory, for "originality and beauty of design of the different specimens [of tapestry] exhibited").