Manual Of Buhl-work And Marquetry,




Bemrose and Sons, 23, Old Bailey; and Derby.




[n.d., but c.1872]


With practical instructions for learners, and ninety coloured designs. third edition.

Item Description

4to. 9 x 11 inches. 32 pp. letterpress + plates + [10] pp. publisher's advertisements. Bound in original brown cloth, gilt, with blind stamped decorative borders on both boards, in black on front board. Green patterned endpapers. Minor wear to extremities and some browning of flyleaves, otherwise a fine clean copy. Illustrated by 16 Pages of chromolithograph plates and by text figures. Decorated by vignettes on preliminaries, including printer's device on verso of half title, by head and tailpiece vignettes and by initials. A practical guide to buhl-work (a design cut out in decorative metal and inlaid into wood, ivory, etc.) and marquetry (work inlaid with different pieces of wood and other materials), by the author of books on wood carving and fret cutting. William Bemrose (1831-1908) took over the family printing business in Derby, founded by his father in 1826, in 1857 and expanded it across the country. He maintained an interest in arts and crafts throughout his life, was a director of Royal Crown Derby, chaired the Derby Art Gallery committee and wrote on Joseph Wright of Derby and on ceramics. This attractively illustrated book was entirely a product of the Bemrose family firm in terms of authorship, publishing and printing. The latter business lasted until 2010 when it went into administration. An undated title, although the first edition is known to have been published in 1872.

[Stock No. 26960]

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