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The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. Being a large collection of the most elegant and useful designs of household furniture in the Gothic, Chinese and Modern-taste . The Second Edition
- London: Printed by J. Haberkorn for the Author, 1755. Folio. (17 1/8 x 11 inches). Letterpress title in red and black, 4pp. list of subscribers. Engraved dedication to Earl of Northumberland, 160 engraved plates by Darly and Miller after Chippendale. Expertly bound to style in full period mottled calf, covers bordered with a gilt roll tool, spine with raised bands in seven compartments, tooled in gilt on either side of each band, red morocco lettering piece in the second compartment, period marbled endpapers. Chippendale's groundbreaking furniture pattern book, the first and most important published book of furniture designs in 18th century England. Chippendale intended for his Director to function as a trade catalogue, principally depicting four of Chippendale's most famous styles: English and French rococo, Chinoiserie, and Gothic. "His special claim for artistic fame is as a brilliantly original, innovative, and influential designer who also made masterpieces of furniture. His designs were plagiarized from at least the early Victorian period by the publisher John Weale, and more or less free adaptations from The Director have been a staple product of commercial furniture makers since the mid-nineteenth century" (ODNB). The first edition of Chippendale's Director was published in 1754, with the present second edition issued a year following. Chippendale's Director was extensively used by furniture makers in the 18th and 19th centuries, making copies with the plates in good condition exceptional. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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