by EDIS, Robert W.
EDIS, Robert W. DECORATION & FURNITURE OF TOWN HOUSES. London: C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1881. 8vo. Publisher's gilt cloth, top edge gilt. Frontispiece, xvi, 292, 28 plates. First edition. [Holzenberg, # 74]. Scarce first edition. Edis was himself a practicing architect and designer, and his Decoration and Furniture of Town Houses is in part an extended advertisement for prominent firms and colleagues including Morris & Co., and E.W. Godwin. This book is an extension of the author's series of Cantor Lectures to The Society of Arts in 1880 and this is enlarged and amplified. An illustrated practical guide to Victorian furniture and household objects with credits to Morris & Co., Holland & Sons, Gillow, Trollope, Doulton, Minton, Wedgwood, etc., including interesting locks, bell-lever, and keys by Thomas Elsey. The book plugs Edis's own work, and many of the plates are devoted to rooms - splendidly, almost outrageously Aesthetic rooms - from his London house. A splendid aesthetic item. A fine copy. (Inventory #: 40585)