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New York
USA
NY 10021
Contact Donald Heald
Telephone +1 212 744 3505
Fax +1 212 628 7847
Specialists Colour Plate Books, Illustrated Books, Natural History, Voyages & Travel, Americana, Maps & Atlases, Ornithology, Botany, Native Americans, Cartography, Decorative & Sporting Prints
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HEPPLEWHITE, George (1727-1786); and Alice HEPPLEWHITE

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, 1788.

Folio (13 1/2 x 9 inches). [6], 24pp. 126 engraved plates after designs by George Hepplewhite (numbered 1-125, plus 78 bis; number 124/125 being a double-page plate). (Expert restoration). Twentieth century crushed morocco gilt, bound by Wood of London, coveres paneled in gilt and black, spine with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in the second and third, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt and black, marbled endpapers, gilt edges, housed in a quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: John Davis (early signature on title).

First edition of Hepplewhite's famed pattern book of furniture design.

"In 1788, Hepplewhite's widow published the Cabinet-maker and Upholsterer's Guide. Its aim was 'to follow the latest and most prevailing fashion' and to adhere 'to such articles only as are of general use.' The intended audience included both the cabinetmaker or upholsterer and the client (the 'mechanic' and 'gentleman' as Alice Hepplewhite put it). There followed a slightly revised edition in 1789 ... Hepplewhite's Guide was the first major pattern book of furniture to be published since the third edition of Chippendale's Gentleman and Cabinetmaker's Director ... Hepplewhite's designs most closely compare with [Robert and James] Adam's drawings of the late 1780s, sharing their fashionably attenuated quality of design. The furniture is slender, and most of the decoration inlaid or painted rather than carved" (Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts).

The first edition is complete with 126 plates; the 1789 edition included an additional bis plate (9) and the 1794 third edition included yet another additional bis plate (40*), as well as new engravings of several others. The first edition is considerably rarer than those issued subsequently.

Bibliography
Brunet III, 105; Millard, British 30 (third edition).
£4,165