by COOK, Clarence
COOK, Clarence. THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL. ESSAYS ON BEDS AND TABLES, STOOLS AND CANDLESTICKS. New York: Scribner, Armstrong and Company, 1881. 4to. Publisher's embossed cloth. Color frontispiece, 336 pages, illustrations in text throughout. [Holzenberg, # 69]. With its full-color frontispiece, "My Lady's Chamber" by Walter Crane, Clarence Cook's best seller was one of the most popular American books to proselytize the new aesthetic decoration of the home. It was modeled after Charles Locke Eastlake's Hints on Household Taste, first published a decade before, but Cook adds a distinctively American flavor. All the attention to form and function, beauty and utility, are observed, creating a middle class ideal for home decoration that heavily influenced popular taste. The cover design is by Daniel Cottier, the proprietor of an international chain of decorating firms, and a seminal figure in the transmission of Aesthetic ideas from England to America. Binding sturdy and tight; covers lightly soiled; contents clean, else good.
(Inventory #: 40571)