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The Third Edition of 1794
by George Hepplewhite

Surprisingly little is known about George Hepplewhite, the celebrated 18th century British cabinet maker and furniture maker. Even his birth year is unknown. Nevertheless Hepplewhite enjoys a reputation as the foremost successor to Thomas Chippendale -- largely on the basis of “The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide,” a catalogue and folio of his designs published by his wife, Alice, after his death in 1786.

The full title of the Guide is delightful: “The Cabinet-maker And Upholsterer’s Guide; Or repository of designs For Every Article Of Household Furniture, In The Newest And Most Approved Taste: Displaying A Great Variety Of Patterns For [Here A Very Long List Of Items, Beginning With Chairs, Stools, Sofas… Appears] ... In The Plainest And Most Enriched Styles, With A Scale To Each And An Explanation In Letter Press. Also The Plan Of A Room, Shewing (Sic) The Proper Distribution of the Furniture. The Whole exhibiting near Three Hundred different designs, engraved on One Hundred and Twenty-Eight Plates: from the drawings by A. Hepplewhite and Co. Cabinetmakers.” Intriguingly, there is no mention of George himself in the Guide, but no matter. His name is still associated with certain furniture styles, especially the “Hepplewhite taper leg” and other chair styles.

This book is a reprint of the Guide’s third edition, published in 1794, known in its time as “The Third Edition, Improved,” with an introduction by Joseph Aronson. Use it as a reference for understanding or making period furniture -- or for an appreciation of the historical context in which Hepplewhite worked.

Softcover. 8 1/2" x 11". 216 pages. Printed in the USA.

Binding: TP
Publisher: Dover Publications

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