The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide

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2013 Reprint of 1794 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. "The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterers Guide" is a famous antiquarian book and remains an important reference book for cabinet makers to this day. Many cabinetmakers and furniture designers still use it as a ready reference for making period furniture or designs inspired by this era. Historians of domestic life or the History of Technology use it for establishing context for their research. The sub title on the original edition is "Repository of Designs for Every Article of Household Furniture, in the Newest and Most Approved Taste." In a technical sense the book is only attributed to George Hepplewhite as author since it was published after his death and the original title page bears the name "A. Hepplewhite and co." for Alice Hepplewhite, his widow. Very little is known of George Hepplewhite's life, unlike that of the other two great British cabinet makers of the period Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Chippendale. We do have information that suggests Hepplewhite was born in 1727 in Ryton Parish, County Durham, England.

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