[AMERICAN FURNITURE] [SIDDONS, G. A. attributed to] The cabinet-makers guide, or rules and instructions in the art of varnis...
Greenfield, Massachusetts: Ansel Phelps, 1825. First American edition. Publisher's blue boards with printed text to upper and lower covers, rebacked in gingham fabric. 6 1/4 x 3 5/8 inches (15.5 x 10 cm); 108 pp., untrimmed, lacks flyleaves. Ink spots and soiling to covers which are rubbed, ink initials to head of title and signature dated 1830 to first leaf, spotting but generally a sound copy of a scarce work.
The very rare first American furniture finisher's manual, not recorded in American Imprints. This practical guide provides instruction on the varnishing, lacquering, gilding and Japanning of wood, ivory, metal, etc., that would have been greatly used in this period. The attribution to G.A. Siddons originates from a later London edition of the book, although current scholarship may refute this. Rare: we trace no copy at auction. Offered with an early 19th century Wilmington, VT manuscript record of births, marriages etc., similarly sized as the present volume.
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