SMITH (GEORGE) A Collection for Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, in the Most Approved and Elegant Taste, FIRST EDITION, J. Taylor, 1808

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SMITH (GEORGE)
A Collection for Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, in the Most Approved and Elegant Taste, FIRST EDITION, J. Taylor, 1808

Sold for £ 4,437 (US$ 5,485) inc. premium
SMITH (GEORGE)
A Collection for Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, in the Most Approved and Elegant Taste, FIRST EDITION, 158 hand-coloured aquatint plates (some watermarked "J. Whatman 1801"), occasional light spotting or toning, plate 45 cut to size and window-mounted, small thread of worming in upper margin of final plates (just within the platemark of plates 152 and 153), without pp.xv-xvi as usual, contemporary straight-grained morocco gilt, rebacked preserving most of original spine [Abbey Life 71, calling for xvi preliminaries; Berlin Kat. 1237, calling for xiv preliminaries], 4to (330 x 258mm.), J. Taylor, 1808

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  • The most ambitious, comprehensive and handsomely illustrated furniture book of the Regency period, the author describing himself as "Upholder Extraordinary to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales" on the title-page. In addition to individual pieces of furniture (executed in Greek, Roman, Chinese, Gothic, and Egyptian styles) Smith provides whole room schemes demonstrating the decoration and arrangement of his furniture in situ.

    Provenance: John Jacques Wedge, gifted from his great uncle Charles Wedge, inscription dated 1853 on front free endpaper.
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