Irish Country Furniture, 1700-1950.
New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1993. 22.3 cm x 27 cm. Frontispiece, X, 249 pages. Numerous monochrome and colour illustrations. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective collector’s mylar. In very good+ condition with very minor signs of wear. Very minor staining to half title page. Interior in otherwise near excellent condition throughout.
Includes, for example, the following: Irish Vernacular Architecture / Ireland’s Timber Shortage / The Variety of Furniture / Stools & Chairs / The Dresser / Storage of Food and Clothes / Beds / Press Beds & other Disguised Beds / Cradles / Tables / The Hearth & the Shrine / Appendix – Small Furnishings / Glossary of Terminology / Bibliographic Note etc.
″This book -the first study of vernacular furniture in Ireland – investiagtes the origins and distribution of the common furniture of the Iirish people. A fascinating exploration of a material culture that is fast disappearing, the book makes a significant contribution not only to the history of furniture but also to Irelands’s cultural history.” (From the dustjacket blurb). The proceeding quater of a century since the time of writing and the galloping speed of societal changes gives an extra poignancy to this lavish illustrated study of a uniquely Irish material culture and way of life that has, in many places, since retreated into the past.