Primer of American Antiques, by Carl W. Drepperd, 1952. Published by Doubleday & Company, Inc. Garden City, New York 271 pages. Hardcover
From the summary: "Here is a book as useful and attractive as a Hitchcock chair. It's a handbook of antiques ... and lavishly illustrated. It tells the collector what he is buying, the home owner all he wants to know. With 1,200 graphic drawings and a big glossary listing 2,200 separate items, it is an indispensable guide to American antiques. Each article is concisely described and illustrated on the same page. Thus it becomes very easy to identify a Hepplewhite table from the drawing beside it. Scattered throughout the text are pertinent historical anecdotes."
This is a fascinating vintage guide to antiques and includes pricing. It is worthy to note that the descriptions of pieces of various period and styles are everlasting – this prices most likely do not reflect today's market.
This book very good condition with the dust jacket intact and the book pages secure and the binding tight. The dust jacket shows some shelf wear around the edges, has been reinforced on the inside with masking tape and is otherwise free of rips, tears or repairs. The original owners bookplate is fixed on the inside cover.
This is a nice clean copy in very good condition. The book weighs 1 pound 3.4 ounces, measures 6 by 8 ½ and 1 inch thick.
A great addition to any collector's library!
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