Ideas for Rustic Furniture, proper for Garden Seats, Summer Houses, Hermitages, Cottages, &c. London: M. Taylor, 1835.
8vo (224 x 134 mm). Engraved throughout with 25 plates including pictorial title. 8 pp letterpress publisher's catalog at front. Original drab boards. Some light foxing, backstrip detached but mostly present.
Provenance: Francis[?] Peabody (period ownership inscription); penciled measurements and notes on one drawing and on lower endpaper.
SECOND EDITION OF A RARE PATTERN BOOK: THE ONLY MONOGRAPH ON RUSTIC FURNITURE. The first edition was published by Josiah Taylor around 1790-95. The copper-plates and copyright were sold to his nephew, M. Taylor at auction in 1835 and this edition is a direct re-issue comprising 33 designs for chairs, stools, settees, tables, basin stands, and looking glasses. The vogue for this style of garden furniture designed to resemble tree roots or entwined branches began in the 1750s but it was first made truly practical at the time of this issue with the introduction of decorative cast iron.
This work is "the last of the eighteenth-century English pattern books to illustrate [rustic] furniture and the only one to do so to the exclusion of all other styles ... There is great consistency about the style of all these pieces. All have a delicate and ordered rusticitywhat has been described as a 'regular twigginess'...." (Heckscher, "18th-Century Rustic Furniture" in Furniture History, 1975).