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THE CABINET-MAKER AND UPHOLSTERER'S GUIDE; OR, REPOSITORY OF DESIGNS FOR EVERY ARTICLE OF HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, IN THE NEWEST AND MOST APPROVED TASTE
London: I and J. Taylor, [1789].. London: I and J. Taylor, [1789].. iv,24,[2]pp. plus 127 plates (including one double-page plate, counted as two in numbering). Folio. 20th-century red morocco, gilt, dentelles, a.e.g. Corners slightly bumped. Bookplates on front pastedown. Internally clean; one plate neatly repaired in the margin. A near fine copy. A key furniture pattern book of the late 18th century. This is the revised second edition, issued the year after the first. Issued by the Hepplewhite family firm, the work was published by George Hepplewhite's widow, Alice, the year after his death. "No compendium of furniture designs had appeared since 1762, when Thomas Chippendale issued the third edition of his GENTLEMAN AND CABINET- MAKER'S DIRECTOR. In publishing the Hepplewhite GUIDE the Taylors were filling a yawning gap. The plates were issued in batches at the beginning of July, September, and October 1787. In January and February 1788 a subscription was promoted in such papers as the Lincoln, Rutland and Stamford Mercury and Williamson's Liverpool Advertiser. The price was 2 guineas. The preface adopts a modest tone: 'To unite elegance and utility, and blend the useful with the agreeable, has ever been considered a difficult but an honourable task.' It stressed the GUIDE's utility to 'the mechanic', to 'young workmen in general, and occasionally to more experienced ones'. A successful subscription 'enabled us to exceed the number of plates originally proposed'" - DNB. BRUNET III, 105. DNB (online).
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