The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director.

Chippendale (Thomas)

The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's 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 ...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

Description: FIRST EDITION, complete with half-title, title in red and black, engraved dedication to the Earl of Northumberland, 161 full-page engraved plate, half-title creased, slightly soiled and repaired at lower outer corner, fore-edge to title repaired and with a closed tear, verso of penultimate plate with a smudged inscription (?Dublin), verso of last plate slightly soiled, and with a price in ink £6/13/4 together with a calculation with this sum as the result (apparently the 160 plates - as called for on the title-page - at 10d each) pp. [iv], x, 27, folio (453 x 288 mm) late 19th-century polished calfFrench fillets on sides within dog-tooth border, spine gilt in compartments, lettered in gilt direct, gilt inner dentelles, spine a trifle faded, one or two very slight knocks, surface crack to upper joint (joint firm), large bookplate inside front cover of Archibald Philip Earl of Rosebery,

Publication Details: Printed for the Author and sold at his house in St. Martin's-Lane. Also by T. Osborne, bookseller, in Gray's-Inn; H. Piers, bookseller, in Holborn; R. Sayer, print-seller, in Fleetstreet; J. Swan, near Northumberland-House, in the Strand. At Edinburgh, by Messrs. Hamilton and Balfour: and at Dublin, by Mr. John Smith, on the Blind-Quay, 1754

Notes: An excellent copy of the first edition of Chippendale's famous and hugely influential furniture design book. The Director was the most ambitious and successful pattern book issued by a craftsman and was the first of its kind – earlier collections of furniture designs having been small-scale and intended for the trade. This first edition was an immediate success and was followed by a second edition followed in 1755 and a third in 1762.

Bibliography: (Rothschild 614)

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Price: £12,500

Subject: Art & Architecture

Published Date: 1754

Stock Number: 66420

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