PRISSE D'AVENNES, Achille Constant Theodore Emile. (1807-1879) - La Decoration Arabe. Paris: J. Savoy, 1885. First edition of this unique 19th-century account of Arabic art. Emile Prisse, a French engineer, architect and archaeologist, who devoted many years to researching Arabic culture and styles, and spent a number of years in Egypt after his arrival in 1827. This work includes his masterful portrayals of Arabic customs, architecture and the arts. Folio (392 x 283mm). 110 numbered mostly chromolithographic plates, several double plates and numbered as 2 plates, by Daumont, Bauer, Leveil, and Lemercier. Contemporary red quarter morocco, sprinkled boards (extremities lightly rubbed, hinges cracked). Provenance: Herny Sotherans (bookseller's ticket).