Available in limited quantities, this is the deluxe edition of Roubo on Furniture, a fascinating compilation drawn from André Roubo’s 18th-century French text L’Art du Menuisier.
It presents a wide selection of material from Roubo’s original four-volume treatise, which has long been considered a definitive resource on European woodworking techniques of the pre-industrial era but was unavailable in English prior to this translation by Michele Pietryka-Pagán. Covering an array of topics related to making furniture by hand, the annotated text is supplemented by essays by Christopher Schwarz, Don Williams, Michael Mascelli, Philippe Lafargue and Jonathan Thornton, placing the work in its historical context from the perspective of modern-day craftsmen.
With hundreds of illustrations reproduced from Roubo’s original plates, it provides valuable insight into a range of historical woodworking practices. In addition to specific instructions on making various types of seating, beds, tables, armoires, buffets, cabinetry and other furnishings, it also explores general subjects such as selecting, storing and dimensioning lumber, tools and their uses, fitting hardware, measuring stock and drawing furniture plans.
A richly detailed glimpse into the professional wood shop of 250 years ago, filled with both historical interest and in-depth, practical instruction on techniques that are all but lost today.
Measuring 12 1/4" × 17 1/4" and nearly 2 1/4" thick, this deluxe edition is the largest and finest-quality book that Lost Art Press has ever produced.
It is printed on premium-grade #100 Mohawk Superfine paper, with full-color images and plates printed at a resolution few presses can achieve, giving the illustrations exceptional crispness and clarity.
The pages are sewn, casebound, and reinforced with a fiber tape to produce an exceptionally durable binding. It has vibrantly patterned hardbound covers and a woven cotton spine cover with debossed detailing in gold and black.
Supplied in a cotton-bound fitted slipcase, these are among the last of only 1000 limited-edition copies that were printed in 2017 and will not be reprinted. 446 pages. Original list price was $550 U.S.