Specimens of ancient furniture drawn from existing authorities with descriptions by Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick K.H. Henry Shaw.
Specimens of ancient furniture drawn from existing authorities with descriptions by Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick K.H.
Specimens of ancient furniture drawn from existing authorities with descriptions by Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick K.H.
Specimens of ancient furniture drawn from existing authorities with descriptions by Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick K.H.
Specimens of ancient furniture drawn from existing authorities with descriptions by Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick K.H.

Specimens of ancient furniture drawn from existing authorities with descriptions by Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick K.H.

London: William Pickering, 1836. First edition, large paper issue (page height is 15"), imperial 4to, pp. [4], 57, [1]; 74 hand-colored engraved plates; contemporary maroon morocco-backed green cloth, gilt lettering direct on spine; the spine is a little scuffed, but this is generally a near fine copy throughout. Only the large paper issue had all the plates colored by hand; in the regular edition only some of the plates were colored. Most plates are etchings, many with Pickering's imprint, and with dates between 1832 and 1835. One plate is a lithograph. The text is printed by C. Whittingham. Shaw (1800-1873) drew and engraved illustrations for numerous volumes on similar subjects "most of [which] are rendered of permanent value by the knowledge and taste displayed in the selection of the examples by which they are illustrated, and by the careful drawing and colouring of the plates" (DNB). "It is the design of the present work still further to extend historical correctness in art, by placing within the reach of its professors a standard authority for all articles used for domestic purposes, from the earliest period of which specimens exist to the reign of Queen Anne. They will consist of jewelry, cabinets, bedsteads, chairs, tables, coffers, wardrobes, carvings, and other relics remarkable for exquisite workmanship or design. Fidelity of delineation will be the principal aim of the author, who flatters himself he shall produce a work of standard value, illustrative as well of the manners, customs, tastes, and domestic economy, as of the arts in the early periods of British history" (Introduction by Samuel R. Meyrick). Kelly 18356.16: "Some copies on large paper." Not in Keynes. Lowndes p. 2371. Item #58455

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