24 September 2015
CHIPPENDALE, Thomas (bap. 1718-1779). The Gentleman and the Cabinet-Maker’s Director. London: printed for the author, .
2° (460 x 285 mm). Half-title, title-page printed in red and black, engraved dedication to Hugh, Earl of Northumberland, and 161 plates by Müller (i.e. Miller) and Darly after Chippendale (including two plates numbered XXV, the first of ‘Chinese Chairs,’ the second of a ‘Chinese Sopha’). (Light occasional spotting, a few leaves at the end with small marginal wormholes.) Contemporary blind-tooled reversed calf (spine and joints chipping, some light wear to extremities); cloth slipcase. Provenance: Walter Henry James (bookplate on pastedown).
First edition of Chippendale’s highly influential furniture pattern book. “All [of his] known commissions ... date from after its appearance. It was also highly influential in disseminating his designs throughout Britain, Europe, and the colonies” (DNB).
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