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    [William] Ince and [John] Mayhew. The Universal System of Hous[e]hold Furniture. London: sold by Rob[er]t Sayer, no date but [circa 1760]. Folio. 11, [1] pages. 99 plates on 95 leaves, two engraved title pages (one English, one French), and engraved dedication page. Contemporary full calf. Boards detached but present, heavy edgewear with boards showing through, corners bumped, only remnant of spine remaining, dry, rubbed, and worn. Later beige endpapers, armorial bookplate and bookseller's description to front pastedown, hinges separated, front free endpaper and English title page detached but present, English title with 0.5-inch spot of soiling affecting text and ink ownership of Thomas Storey Lovell (Dartmouth - 1841; a later cabinetmaker). Internally generally clean, all edges trimmed; somewhat foxed and soiled, light offsetting, minor worming not affecting plates, text block gutters and edged toned, minor text block edgewear. Good.

    Ince and Mayhew published this title in competition with their rival, Thomas Chippendale, who released The Gentleman and Cabinet Makers Director in 1754, to which Ince subscribed. Chippendale's title circulated rapidly and became an industry standard for regional and colonial cabinet-makers of the time, leading Ince and Mayhew to realize the commercial benefit of producing such a book. The pair quickly followed suit. While clearly influenced by their competitor, Ince and Mayhew's work is considered to be significantly more classic than Chippendales' for the use of elaborate marquetry and classical silhouettes. Those characteristics made their work easily identifiably in prominent European homes, even to this day.

    ESTC T128516; The Art of Furniture Encyclopedia Online, Mayhew & Ince.

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