Rustic Furniture (1790)
I. & J. Taylor, 1790. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. (Rustic Furniture) Ideas For Rustic Furniture Proper For Garden Seats, Summer Houses, Hermitages, Cottages, Etc. London: I. & J. Taylor, (circa 1790). 8vo. Contemporary blue wrappers. 25 engraved plates, including title leaf. First edition. "One of the rarest of eighteenth-century furniture plate books," it was the subject of an article by Morrison Heckscher, "Eighteenth Century Rustic Furniture Designs," (Furniture History, XI, 1975, pages 59-65). Heckscher further says, "there is a consistency about the style of all these pieces. All have a delicate and ordered rusticity--what had been described as a 'regular twiginess.' All of the wooden framing elements are made from what appears to be thin, untrimmed branches. The branches of some pieces are nailed together, but more often they are lashed together with rope. Many of the chair and settee backs are 'woven' out of one or two unnaturally long branches." Looking through these plates they have an almost antler like effect. I imagine and grand hunting lodge being adorned with such furniture A rare copy with illustrated designs that have attributed the work to William Wrighte due to similarities in design styles but there are no facts to substantiate this attribution. This is the only eighteenth-century English pattern book devoted entirely to rustic furniture. Plates offer designs for chairs, stools, sofas, tables, looking glasses, and chimney pieces. original blue wrappers expertly repaired at the spine with original stitching still in place, two period ink inscriptions on the frontice / title page, “Jas. P. Pritchett 1812” and as if to suggest an author there is another ink inscription “by Halfpenny” else a nice, unsophisticated, uncut copy.