Pugin’s Gothic furniture.
London, R. Ackermann nd (later 19th century reprint of volume originally published in late 1820s).
4to. Printed list of plates, 27 etched plates, including etched title leaf (one plate not called for in printed list, but certainly part of the book as published). Publisher’s cloth.
A volume of designs by the elder Pugin for cabinets, chests, bookcases and so on, all in Gothic style (scholars have suggested that his more celebrated but then still youthful son, A.W.N.Pugin, was largely responsible for them, but we catalogue the volume here under the elder Pugin’s name as customary). The designs were first published as hand-coloured engraved plates in Ackermann’s Repository of Arts between 1825 and 1827 and were first published in book form around 1828, the plates again hand-coloured and with accompanying text. The present copy is an example of what the BAL Catalogue calls a ‘mysterious reprint’ issued much later in the nineteenth century, the plates by then uncoloured (see BAL Cat 2654).