Title, Author & Condition Information
A History of English Furniture Vol. 2: The Age of Walnut 1660-1720
Dover Publications, New York, 1972 reprint of the 1905 original
Good to very good condition.
Paperbound. 8 x 11 inches. 245 Pages, 223 b/w photographs, several color plates. This is Vol. II of the four Volume set, with English furniture fashionable after the death of Cromwell through about the time of George I. Percy Macquoid wrote mainly for the collector of this genre of furniture, and his advice and guidance are relative today to much of the furniture of this period seen for sale. The book includes discussions of methods of preservation and restoration, and ways of determining authenticity and age.
A History of English Furniture Vol. 3: The Age of Mahogany 1720-1770
Dover Publications, New York, 1972 reprint of the 1906 original
Paperbound. 8 x 11 inches. 269 Pages, 254 b/w photographs, several color photos. This is Vol. III of the four Volume set, with English mahogany furniture fashionable from about the reign of George II to George III. The Adam and Chippendale periods are encompassed. Percy Macquoid wrote mainly for the collector of this genre of furniture, and his advice and guidance are relative today to much of the furniture of this period seen for sale. The book includes discussions of methods of preservation and restoration, and ways of determining authenticity and age.
A History of English Furniture Vol. 4: The Age of Satinwood 1770-1820
Dover Publications, New York, 1972 reprint of the 1908 original
Paperbound. 8 x 11 inches. 258 Pages, 243 b/w photographs, several color plates. This is Vol. IV of the four Volume set, with English mahogany and satinwood furniture fashionable from about the reign of George III to the Regency, George IV. The Sheraton and Hepplewhite periods are encompassed. Percy Macquoid wrote mainly for the collector of this genre of furniture, and his advice and guidance are relative today to much of the furniture of this period seen for sale. The book includes discussions of methods of preservation and restoration, and ways of determining authenticity and age.
The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture
Country Life Books, 1979 reprint (7th impression) of the 1964 original
Book in fine cond., dust cover very wrinkled.
Hardbound with dust cover. 9.75 x 12.5 inches. 684 Pages, about 1,900 b/w and a few color photographs. This is the "shorter", but still massive, edition of The Dictionary of English Furniture, the three volume folio set published 1924-1927. For many decades it has been the primary source on the subject. Although organized dictionary-style, it is a great deal more. The range of furniture, architecture, makers, wood types, and other related subjects provides great context. A reference work for the serious collector and dealer.
ISBN•ASIN: 0600430820 Hard
A Directory of Antique Furniture: The Authentic Classification of European and American Designs
F. Lewis Hinckley
Bonanza Books, New York, NY, 1953 first edition
Very good condition. Dustcover wrapped in mylar, but not ex-library copy.
Hardbound with dust cover. 8.5 x 11 inches. 355 Pages, over 1,100 b/w photographs. Context is always important in tracing the origins and influences of antique furniture, and this book is one of the first to explore the subject thoroughly. It begins by detailing the spread of English and French design throughout the known world, country by country, then provides about 280 pages of very nicely illustrated examples and explanations for English, French, Irish, and American furniture. These are more than just case furniture; mirrors, clocks, desks and occasional tables are all included.
English and American Furniture
Herbert Cescinsky and George Leland Hunter
Garden City Publishing Co., Inc., Garden City, NY, 1929 first edition
Very good condition. Dustcover wrapped in mylar, but not ex-library copy. Book near new, dust cover worn but not torn.
Hardbound with dustcover. 7 x 10.25 inches. 311 Pages, over 400 b/w photographs. This is an exhaustive analysis of the design relationship between English and American furniture, and also illustrations of forms unique to both. Much of Mr. Cescinsky's reference material was drawn from the collection of George LeLand Hunter (1867-1927), the prolific American author and collector of decorative arts in the early 20th century. The section on seating furniture alone covers over 60 pages.
Oak Furniture: The British Tradition
The Antique Collectors' Club, England, 1979 first edition
Book like new, dust cover very slightly shelf worn, no tears.
Hardbound with dust cover. 8.75 x 11 inches. An Antique Collectors' Club book. 579 Pages, over 500 b/w and color photographs of very high quality. The emphasis is on furniture and decorations of native British woods (oak, elm, chestnut, beech, etc.) from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 17th Century. Much text is devoted to methods of design and construction, and the economic and cultural influences on these objects. A superb piece of work, and probably still the prime reference in the field today.
The Antique Collectors' Club, England, 1983 reprint of the 1962 original
Like new condition.
Hardbound with dust cover. 8.5 x 11 inches. 224 Pages, nearly 100 b/w and four color photographs. Thomas Sheraton's (1751-1806) influence on English and American furniture was enormous, but came from The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book he published in parts between 1791 and 1794. No furniture made by Sheraton himself has ever been verified, but the leading makers of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries embraced his delicate designs. This book supplies much information about those makers and their practices and clients, along with illustrations of the best examples.
Thomas Sheraton: The Cabinetmaker and Upholsterer's Drawing-Book
Dover Publications, Inc., New York, NY, 1972 reprint incorporating the 1793-1802 originals
Good condition, very minor shelf wear to cover corners, binding beginning to separate from cover.
Paperbound. 8.25 x 11.25 inches. 240 Pages, several hundred drawings of furniture and ornament design. Thomas Sheraton died in 1806 destitute and in obscurity, yet to this day his name is synonymous with the finest of late 18th century English and American furniture. This book, a consolidation of the various editions of his Drawing Book, validates his genius for design. Each drawing/plan is accompanied by his notes on the "proper" and "correct" way for the cabinetmaker to build the piece. It is as valid today as it was two centuries ago.
George Hepplewhite: The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide
Dover Publications, Inc., New York, NY, 1969 reprint of of the 1794 third edition
Very good near new condition.
Paperbound. 8 x 11 inches. 176 Pages, 128 illustrated plates. Virtually nothing is known about the life and work of George Hepplewhite, who died in 1786. The first of the three editions of his book of designs for late-18th century English furniture was published after his death by his widow, Alice, in 1788 and then updated two more times, the last in 1794. The Guide's influence was not really felt in actual furniture production until many years after his death, and he is not known to have actually made any furniture himself. His designs however, are timeless.
Thomas Chippendale: The Gentleman & Cabinet-Maker's Director
Dover Publications, Inc., New York, NY, 1966 reprint of the 1762 third edition with additions
Paperbound. 9 x 12 inches. Fair condition, binding sound, cover shelf-worn, intact and complete.
Paperbound. 9 x 12 inches. 249 Pages, 200 drawing plates and 19 photographs. Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) is probably the most recognizable name in English and American furniture design. His Director was first published in 1754 as a catalogue of his designs, then updated twice resulting in this 1762 edition. Every conceivable piece of furniture from chairs to fireplace mantles is depicted. This complete and unabridged reproduction of the Director is augmented with 19 photographs of furniture built from his designs, and a biography of the man.
Furniture of the World
Octopus Books Ltd, London, 1974 first edition
Good condition, dust cover moderately wrinkled from shelf wear.
Hardbound with dust cover. 9.5 x 12.75 inches. 128 Pages, 225 b/w and color photographs. This broad-brush volume surveys furniture of many civilizations from the earliest times to the modern. There are sections on beds, chairs, tables, chests, and cupboards and their related forms, placed in context with the influences of the times that spawned them. The author, Peter Philp, hosted the predecessor to the BBC television series The Antiques Road Show in 1958, known as Collectors' Club, and authored many books on antiques.
Antique or Fake?
Charles H. Hayward
Evans Brothers Ltd, London, 1979 reprint (5th) of the 1970 original
Good condition with lightly worn dust cover.
Hardbound with dust cover. 5.75 x 9 inches. 256 Pages, around 200 photographs and line drawings. Charles H. Hayward (1898-1979(?)) authored, co-authored, edited or contributed to 36 books and two periodicals on the subject of woodworking. He was a wood worker and restorer of antiques of great repute, and it is inevitable that he would come across (and be asked to make!) "fakes". This book is his legacy on that subject, and is useful to the dealer and collector alike. Why pay for the real thing and end up with less?
The Price Guide to Antique Furniture
The Antique Collectors' Club, England, 1978 revised edition of the 1968 original
Book good condition with tight binding. Dust cover worn but complete.
Hardbound with dust cover. 8.5 x 11 inches. 290 Pages, over 1,000 b/w photographs. Although written in 1978, this is a valuable piece of reference work on English antique furniture. The prices are of course outdated, but the real value is in the written information and photographic examples of each type and style of furniture. Best of all, it isn't limited to the rarest and most valuable antique furniture, but instead illustrates and describes forms and examples that can be seen in many shops and auctions. There is much useful information regarding modification and misrepresentation.
Chippendale and his contemporaries
Orbis Publishing, London, 1975 English language reprint of the 1971 original
Book good condition, dust jacket complete but rough
Hardbound with dust cover. 9 x 12 inches. 64 Pages, 96 color photographs, several reproductions of period drawings. Although Chippendale's name is on the cover, this book chronicles the "Golden Age" of English furniture, 1740-1800. Thomas Chippendale did not design and produce furniture and interiors in isolation, but worked in the time of Robert Adam, William Vile, William and John Linnell, and many others. This is a record of some of their finest work, often photographed in the original settings it was intended for.
Craftsmen and Cabinet-makers of Classic English Furniture
John Bartholomew and Son Ltd, Edinburgh, 1974 first edition
Book like new condition, dust cover with fading and some shelf wear, no tears.
Hardbound with dust cover. 7.5 x 10 inches. 136 Pages, 129 b/w and color photographs and drawings. This book examines English furniture over three centuries, from 1550 to 1851, and the great cabinet shops that produced it. There are many illustrations of tools and joinery, and fascinating insights into how the working conditions and prevailing culture influenced the trade. A unique piece of work.
Hepplewhite Furniture Designs
Preface by Ralph Edwards, F.S.A.
Alec Tiranti Ltd., London, 1965, taken from Hepplewhite's 1794 3rd edn. of The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide
Hardbound with dust cover. 6 x 9.75 inches. Book is like new, dust cover is rubbed and has light shelf wear, no tears.
Chippendale Furniture Designs
Preface by R.W. Symonds
Alec Tiranti Ltd., London, 1950 reprint of the 1948 first edition, taken from Chippendale's 1762 3rd edn. of A Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director
Condition is like new.
Hardbound, no dust cover. 6 x 9.75 inches. 80 Pages, 80 drawings reproduced from the Director. The first section of the book is an interesting biography of Chippendale and his fame and fortune, with insights into his business. The main part however dissects selected designs from the Director and recounts how Chippendale specified they be made, along with remarks on the factors influencing the design. Today we'd probably call this a "critic's review". Interesting reading.
The Ornamental Designs of Chippendale
Preface by R.W. Symonds
Alec Tiranti Ltd., London, 1968 first edition, taken from Chippendale's 1762 3rd edn. of A Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director
Book in very good condition, dust cover is rubbed and has light shelf wear, no tears.
Hardbound with dust cover. 6 x 9.75 inches. About 100 Pages, about 80 drawings reproduced from the Director. This book is largely devoted to rococo design in mid-18th century English furniture, particularly as interpreted by Thomas Chippendale and the large cabinet shops of the period. Interestingly, the mix of rococo with the Chinese design, and even the Gothic, is described and illustrated.
Antique Miniature Furniture in Great Britain and America
G. Bell & Sons Ltd., London, 1966 first edition
Book in very good condition, binding sound.
Hardbound, no dust cover. 5.5 x 8.75 inches. 142 Pages, 57 b/w photographs. Sections include Doll's House Furniture, Second Size Miniatures (popularly known as apprentice pieces or salesman's samples), and Children's Furniture. The descriptions are very nicely written and very informative. A fairly rare little handbook.
Stickley Craftsman Furniture Catalogs
Intro by David M. Cathers
Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1979 first edition
Condition like new.
Paperbound. 6.5 x 9.25 inches. 192 Pages, 594 b/w photographs and drawings. An unabridged republication of Catalogue of Craftsman Furniture Made by Gustav Stickley at the Craftsman Workshops, 1910, and The Work of L & J.G. Stickley, Fayetteville, NY circa 1914.
The Gentle Art of Faking Furniture
Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1967 reprint of the 1931 original
Very good cond., cover with very minor shelf wear, binding tight and sound.
Paperbound. 6.5 x 9.25 inches. 168 Pages, 563 b/w photographs. The author tells you what to look for to spot a fake, while moving chronologically through the development of English furniture. He concentrates on describing genuine wear and tear, tool marks, wood types, types of pieces particularly profitable for fakers, and so on. Although written early in the 20th century, it is just as relevant today.
English Furniture from Gothic to Sheraton
The Dean-Hicks Co., Michigan, 1929 first edition
Very good to fine condition, binding tight and sound.
Hardbound, no dust cover (was issued originally in slip case). 9.5 x 12.5 inches. 438 Pages, over 900 b/w photographs. Herbert Cescinsky was a prolific early 20th century author on the subject of antiques, and this is probably one of his most thoroughly researched and illustrated books. It reaches from the 11th century to the beginning of the 19th, placing each phase of development in context with the architecture and influences of the time. It is a large and heavy volume, and the furniture illustrated is breathtaking.
Furniture of the Pilgrim Century 1620-1720 Including Colonial Utensils and Hardware
Bonanza Books, New York, undated (possibly 1977) reprint of the 1921 original
Very good to fine condition. Dust cover with very minor shelf wear and sun fade to spine, book like new.
Hardbound with dust cover. 8.5 x 11 inches. 585 Pages, over 1100 photographs. This is the pioneer work on early American furniture and the craftsmen who made it. Many rare and exotic specimens are shown, but the book also goes to some length to include simple utilitarian pieces. The examples go beyond just chairs, tables and case furniture, and includes candle stands, some spinning wheels, mirrors, boxes, treen, and iron hardware. Nutting tried for a true encyclopedia, and probably accomplished it.
American Furniture: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods
Bonanza Books, New York, undated (post-1965) reprint of the 1952 original
Book in very good to fine condition, dust cover with shelf wear and triangular tearout on top front.
Hardbound with dust cover. 9 x 12 inches. This large book is organized encyclopedia-style, without page numbers but with illustrations numbered one through 401 instead, and a description for each illustration. It is largely an index to the extensive collections of Winterthur. An especially nice feature is the inclusion of ten room settings photographed in color from the museum, showing the furniture in its total decorative context. The book is introduced with a foreword by Henry du Pont.
The Knight of Glin
Eason & Son Ltd, Publishers, Dublin, 1978
Very good, with one corner slightly bent.
Paperbound pamphlet. 6 x 9.75 inches. 23 pages with fold-out cover, 41 color and b/w photos. One of the few definitive publications on furniture known to genuinely be Irish in origin. Most examples are in public collections in Ireland. The accompanying text supplies background and context not usually found in abbreviated publications like this one.
The Furniture Doctor
Barrie & Jenkins Ltd, London, 1979 reprint of the 1962 original
Book is like new, dust cover with minor shelf wear.
Hardbound with dust cover. 5.5 x 8.75 inches. 251 pages, approx 100 line drawings. "Practical information for everybody about the care, repair and re-finishing of furniture, with easy-to-follow directions and tricks of the trade which use commonly available materials." Presented with sage advice and good humor, by the Vermont-born dealer/restorer of antiques.