9 June 2004
SMITH, George (fl. 1804-28). A Collection for Designs for Household Furniture and interior decoration, in the most approved and elegant taste. London: J. Taylor, 1808.
4o (290 x 235 mm). 158 aquatint plates, all but 6 hand-colored (minor browning to some plates). Contemporary vellum, upper cover gilt stamped (staining to lower cover). Provenance: Marquis of Downshire, Hillsborough Castle (gilt lettered on upper cover).
FIRST EDITION. The designs for interior decoration include: Curtains, Draperies, Beds, Libraries, Drawing Rooms, Bookcases, Screens, Wardrobes and many others. Abbey Life 71; Berlin Kat. 1237.
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