London: Printed for the Author, 1762.
Third edition. 200 copper-plate engravings, plus dedication, of furniture designs. 1 vols. Folio. The Best Edition. 19th-century full paneled mottled calf, gilt, to period style, by Rivière and Son, a.e.g.; joints strengthened, scuffing to boards and rubbing to tips, Batsford book ticket; plate 173 repaired at top margin; else a fine copy in a handsome binding. Brunet I, 1844; O'Neal 26; Berlin Catalogue 1227; Millard, British 15. Item #238867
The third, and best, edition — with an additional 40 plates — of the highly influential furniture-pattern book by the London cabinetmaker, Thomas Chippendale, who was, in fact, the first English cabinetmaker to ever publish his designs. “His special claim for artistic fame is as a brilliantly original, innovative, and influential designer who also made masterpieces of furniture. His designs were plagiarized from at least the early Victorian period by the publisher John Weale, and more or less free adaptations from The Director have been a staple product of commercial furniture makers since the mid-nineteenth century” — ODNB
Plates 146-149 are mis-numbered 146, 146, 147, 149: this mis-numbering has been observed in two separate copies of the 1762 edition, though it is not listed in the bibliographies.
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