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In the late 18th century, William Felton wrote what has become the most comprehensive and definitive work on design and construction of elegant carriages. As Ron Vineyard writes in his preface, RFeltonUs thoughts on what constituted beauty, strength, elegance, and style, give us great insight into the level of skills required for such sophisticated work. His Treatise was written with the intended purpose of providing information necessary to the carriage owner. Various styles of vehicles and the available TextrasU are described in language understandable to the layman, along with helpful hints about what makes a strong, durable carriage. His statements on style, proportion and taste in carriages provided guidelines to the prospective buyer so that Tpoor tasteU could be avoided. In essence, Felton wrote a TconsumerUs guideU for the purchase, maintenance, and repair of carriages.S Felton also covered the skills of related trades such as coach-smithing, coach-painting, coach-trimming, and coach harness-making and their interrelationship with coachmaking. His book has become a classic in the field; original copies are rare and valuable. This is a marvelous resource for anyone who wants to understand the design and construction of 18th century carriages and the features that evolved into the mass-produced vehicles of the late 19th century. This reprint combines Volumes I (1794) and II (1796) into one volume. 720 pages. 60 plates. Hard cover. 6" x 9".
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[a] classicIwhich illuminates the early development of carriage building and the merging of carriages into cultural trends. -- Driving Digest MagazineFrom Scientific American:
An important piece in the study of early English transportation.
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Book Description Astragal Pr, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Second Edition. 2 volumes in 1 : illustrations ; 25 cm. Hardcover. Good binding and cover. Blemishes to page ends. Small scratchs on covers. Faint stain on rear cover. Damp stain to top corner of last few pages. Seller Inventory # 1511110128
Book Description Astragal Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. HARDCOVER Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Book in excellent condition, but DJ is missing. Engineering>Engineering>General Engineering. Book: USED, Good. Dust Jacket: No Dust Jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 17978187933570700. Seller Inventory # 17978187933570700
Book Description Astragal Press, Mendham, NJ, 1996. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Facsimile. Two volumes in one. Brown cloth hard cover with gilt lettering on red title tab on spine. Facsimile reprint of the 1794/1796 edition. Nice clean copy. Slight wrinkle in cloth at spine. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Seller Inventory # 040315
Book Description Felton, William (Coachmaker)., The Astragal Press, nd (1995), ncrd (originally pub. in London 1794-1796), reprint edition, gilt decorated cloth w/gilt titles, fine (no dj), paged in sections, B & W illus., tall 8vo, "Comprehending Coaches, Chariots, Phaetons, Curricles, Whiskies, &c together with their proper Harness.", $95.00. Seller Inventory # 318820