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The Encyclopaedia of Furniture, Dr. Herman Schmitz, 1926


The Encyclopaedia of Furniture; An Outline History of Furniture Design in Egypt, Assyria, Persia, Greece, Rome, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Scandinavia, Spain, Russia, and in The Near and Far East Up to the Middle of the Nineteenth Century with 659 Illustrations arranged on 320 Plates. Compiled by Authorities in Various Countries under the General Direction of Dr. Herman Schmitz, of the Schloss Museum, Berlin and with an Introduction by H.P. Shapland, editor of "The Cabinet Maker".

Published by Ernest Benn Limited, London. Undated, but believed to be 1926. First edition.

A burgundy cloth hardback, with gilt furniture motif to front cover and gilt titles to spine. Cover with sun fade marks, especially to rear, and spine is faded, and worn to head and tail. Some scuffing and bumping, with small circular mark to front.

Condition is good overall. Inscribed owner's marks to first free endpaper, dated to 1930. Text pages have significant spotting - particularly at beginning and end and to edge of text block, and rear endpapers. In contrast the plates are lovely and clean, with a hint of age toning to extremities, but they provide an excellent visual reference.

Text in English.

xx + 63pp text + 320pp Plates.

Dimensions: Approximately 321mm high x 257mm wide x 36mm high.

Weight: Substantial - Approximately 2.7kg (unpacked).