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"Sorrento and Inlaid Work", by Arthur Hope, Chicago, 1876, Antique Book
We are offering a rare, highly desirable, beautiful copy of the book “Sorrento and Inlaid Work” written by Arthur Hope. It is the 1876 first edition published in Chicago by John Wilkinson. The full title is “A Manual of Sorrento and Inlaid Work for Amateurs, with Original Designs.” The binding is hardcover and was not issued with a dust jacket. It measures 6 3/8 inches by 9 ½ inches with 47 pages, 9 numbered plates of designs, 6 unnumbered pages of plates, and 5 pages of advertising primarily for woodworking tools and machines. The cover is olive green with embossed designs and gold printing. It is in fine to very fine condition with only very minor bumping at the two ends of the spine. The interior is clean and bright with the usual age related slight yellowing of the pages. The paper used for the pages is heavier than normal stock. The book is an instructional manual about inlay work and scroll sawing used in architectural designs. The chapter topics include tools, sandpaper, glue, shellac, oil and polish, veneers, overlaying, and inlaying. There are illustrations throughout the text. This is an outstanding and exceptional copy of an early hard to obtain book that would be a great addition to any library of early arts and crafts books. The ads, alone, make this a worthy book to add to your collection.
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