SHERATON, THOMAS The Cabinet Dictionary: containing an explanation of all the terms used in the cabinet, chair & upholstery branches, with directions for varnish-making, polishing, and gilding: to which is added a supplementary treatise on geometrical lines, perspective, and painting in general...
London: W. Smith, 1803. First edition. Later panelled calf, edges plain. 8 x 4 3/4 inches (20.5 x 12.5 cm); vii, 440, [8, 2, subscriber lists]; with 87 plates, many folding (the title-page indicated 88 plates, but plate 78 appears never to have been issued, and 87 is the normal count). Binding neatly rebacked, many plates silked, some with the stamp of the London Mechanics Institution, some with minor restorations, misfolded etc.
According to the ODNB "The strength of the dictionary lay more in its detailed descriptions of the production, use, and function of different types of furniture and of the interiors for which they were intended. Sheraton's influence on furniture design was widespread and lasted for at least a generation, not only with successful firms in Britain such as Gillows, but in America and Europe".
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