London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
BROWN, Richard (fl. 1804-1845). The Rudiments of Drawing Cabinet and Upholstery Furniture. London: printed for, and sold by, the author, 1820. 4°-in-2s (282 x 215mm). 25 engraved plates, 17 with hand-colouring. (Occasional light spotting and offsetting.) Contemporary half calf (extremities lightly rubbed, spine slightly faded).
EXTREMELY RARE FIRST EDITION. Richard Brown, an architect, designer and drawing-master, became increasingly interested in furniture design, and the present work demonstrates his belief that designers in this field needed to master the art of perspective. The work consists of 25 plates, each accompanied by commentary, and includes 3 plates (2 plain and one fully coloured) developing a design for a library. The designs throughout are in the Classical style and acknowledge the work of Thomas Hope, George Smith and Charles Percier (p.viii), as well as John Soane (p.38, pl. XVIII). ONLY THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND COPY CAN BE TRACED IN INSTITUTIONS. RIBA suggests there is another copy in Grand Rapids Public Library, MI, but this is not found via their online catalogue or through Worldcat. A new edition with 32 plates was published in 1822, and a third edition in 1835. RIBA 438 (3rd edition).
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