First edition of the first book of designs by a cabinet-maker; large folio, pp. , iii-x, 27, ; title page printed in red and black, engraved dedication leaf to the Earl of Northumberland, subscriber list, 161 engraved plates by Darly and Miller after Chippendale (numbered 1-160, with 2 plates numbered 25); complete with the half-title page; recent full quarter brown morocco over marbled boards, gilt-decorated spine in 7 compartments, green morroco label in 1; Brooklyn Public perforated stamp in bottom blank margin of the title page, occasional thumb-soiling in the margins, but in all a fine-looking copy. Early ownership signature of Aaron Penley, July 7, 1822 in the top margin of the first page of the Preface - Penley (1807-1870) the English watercolorist and portrait artist. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Gentleman and the cabinet-maker's director ...
Publisher: for the author
Publication Date: 1754
Book Description London Printed for the Author, and sold at his House in St. Martin's-Lane., 1754. The Most Important Collection of Furniture Designs to be Published in Eighteenth-Century England CHIPPENDALE, Thomas. The Gentleman and the Cabinet-Makerís Director. Being a large collection of the most elegant and useful designs of houshold furniture in the Gothic, Chinese and Modern Taste: Including a great variety of book-cases for libraries or private rooms, commodes, library and writing-tables, buroes, breakfast-tables, dressing and china-tables, china-cases, hanging-shelves, tea-chests, trays, fire-screens, chairs, settees, sophaís, beds, presses and cloaths-chests, pier-glass sconces, slab frames, brackets, candle-stands, clock-cases, frets, and other ornaments. To which is prefixed, a short explanation of the five orders of architecture, and rules of perspective; with proper directions for executing the most difficult pieces, the mouldings being exhibited at large, and the dimensions of each design specified: The whole comprehended in one hundred and sixty copper-plates, neatly engraved, calculated to improve and refine the present taste, and suited to the fancy and circumstances of persons in all degrees of life. London: Printed for the Author, and sold at his House in St. Martinís-Lane., 1754. First edition. Large folio (17 5/8 x 11 inches; 450 x 280 mm.). , iii-x, 27, [1, blank] pp. including engraved dedication to Hugh, Earl of Northumberland. With 161 engraved plates by Müller and Darby after Chippendale (there are two plates numbered XXV, the first of a "Chinese Chaire," the second of a "Chinese Sopha"). Title printed in red and black. Bound in full dark green morocco. Elaboratly tooled in gilt on front and back boards. Spine in compartments with six raised bands. Spine lettered in gilt. Five compartments heavily tooled in gilt. Thick gilt dentlles. Marbled endpapers. Half-title and title with a crease, and some restoration to the upper margin of the half title. Preliminaries with some browning to right margin. Some intermittent spotting and light browning. A wonderful copy in a beautiful binding. "Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) is credited with having combined French style, Rococo ornament, Chinese design and the passing interest in the Gothic into a furniture design book that captured the imagination of anyone interested in the latest fashionable styles. That book was The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, published in April 1754. The Director ushered in a new era in furniture design and forever changed the way furniture designs evolved and were disseminated." (Greene, pg 61). Rothschild 614. American Furniture of the 18th Century, Jeffery P. Greene, pg 61. HBS 64829. $12,500. Seller Inventory # 64829