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The Gentleman and Cabinet-Makers Director:

being a large collection of the most elegant and useful designs of household furniture, in the most fashionable taste. Including a great variety of chairs, sofas, beds, and couches ... To which is prefixed, a short explanation of the five orders of archit

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London, For the Author, 1762

The best edition of the finest English furniture book of the eighteenth century.

Originally published in 1754 with 160 plates, the present edition is not only larger but is different in character. Most utilitarian pieces of furniture were removed and the number of technical diagrams reduced. A far greater range of furniture is illustrated for the first time, hall chairs, garden seats, basin stands, shaving tables, teakettle stands, organs, chimneypieces and overmantles, wine cisterns, pedestals, lanterns and chandeliers, grates and escutcheons. Also, more designs were set together on the same page. The aim of the 'Director' was to advertise Chippendale's skill, but the whole was intended also to set furniture alongside architecture as a notable art form. The very format of the book is an emulation of the great English architecture folios. The 'Director' established Chippendale's name and retained him in the public eye for many years, indeed it made

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Third edition; folio 465 x 295mm (18¼ x 11½ inches); 200 engraved copper plates, plate XLIII (dated 1753) in a variant state with a scaled projection for the canopy of the dome bed, usual age-toning and a very few, random spots, otherwise very good; contemporary full calf, rebacked preserving original spine, replacement lettering-piece, otherwise a superior copy; vi), 20, I-CCpp.


Millard, British Books, 15.

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