Ancient coffers and cupboards. Their history and description from the earliest times to the middle of the sixteenth century.
London, Methuen & Co 1902.
Large 4to. xii + 128pp, 2 colour plates, (22) photo plates, many woodcut text ills from drawings by the author (of which some are full-page). Publisher’s gilt-stamped cloth, bumped at head and foot of spine. From the Birmingham Assay Office Library, with their small oval ownership stamp at foot of front free endpaper, and pencil shelf-mark, but no other library markings.
A substantial study of surviving examples of medieval and early Tudor chests and cupboards which the author had located in churches, ecclesiastical treasuries, country houses, and private and institutional collections. The book is well illustrated, largely by careful woodcut illustrations executed by the author himself from his own earlier sketches. Its author, Fred Roe (1864-1947), was an artist, specialising in paintings recreating historical events, and an authority on older English furniture of all kinds. This was his first serious publication on a furniture-related subject and is now not particularly easy to find in the book trade.