CHIPPENDALE, THOMAS. 1718?-1779.
The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker's Director. London: for the Author, 1762.
Folio (465 x 285 mm). , 20 pp. Engraved dedication and 212 plates. Period half calf and marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine label. Minor abrasions to boards, joints weak, endpapers creased, overall a fine, large copy, the contents clean and unpressed.
Provenance: Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor [1722-1772] (engraved armorial bookplate); Lady Beauchamp-Proctor [1760-1848] (bookseller's invoice dated 1824 laid in); Paul Wansbrough (bookplate).
FINE THIRD EDITION, WITH ALL TWELVE ADDITIONAL PLATES PRESENT. When the third edition was published only 95 of the 161 plates of the first edition were retained and 105 new plates were added for a total of 200. "Up to 12 alternative plates are found in some copies, numbered 25, 36, 45, 49, 67, 68, 153, 159, 167, 171, 179, 187. Number 68 is the same as number 47 in the first edition, while the other alternatives are mostly dated 1759 and 1760. The plates substituted for them in most copies, on the other hand, are all dated 1762, except two dated 1761 and one with no date. This suggests that the book was revised soon after the first printing and twelve more recent plates inserted in place of the earlier ones" (Ward-Jackson English Furniture Designs of the Eighteenth Century pp 41-42).
No fully complete copies with all 212 plates are recorded in ABPC for the past thirty years and none are known by us in the trade since the present copy was sold in the late 1960s.
Although there is no subscribers list to this third edition, the first owner, William Beauchamp-Proctor, was very plausibly a Chippendale patron. The nephew and heir of George Proctor, Beauchamp-Proctor was created 1st Baronet in 1745 and lived at Langley Park, a Palladian-style villa built by Matthew Brettingham, circa 1740. Lady Beauchamp-Proctor was his daughter-in-law.