L'art du Menuisier: The Book of Plates
“The Book of Plates” is an intoxicating look at 18th-century craft work, containing every single gorgeous illustration from all of the volumes of André-Jacob Roubo’s “l’Art du Menuisier.” Considered the most important woodworking book of the 18th century, with everything from furniture to architectural woodwork, carriage-making, marquetry and garden woodwork, this volume inspires in any language. André-Jacob Roubo’s works are still the standard when it comes to the craft of woodworking in most of the world.
In addition to containing all 383 plates from “l’Art du menuisier,” this volume includes the first English translation of the table of contents for the books, which serve as a guide to the illustrations. This table of contents is 11 pages long and is a road map to the contents of the book. There also are short essays from Don Williams, Lost Art's partner in translating the text, and Christopher Schwarz, the publisher.
All the plates are printed full size on #100 Mohawk Superfine paper – the best paper available today. The book itself is 472 pages long and measures 10” wide, 14-1/4” tall and 1-3/4” thick – a sizable tome. It ships in a custom-made box.
As with all Lost Art Press books, “The Book of Plates” is produced entirely in the United States. It is hardbound, casebound, with sewn signatures and a cloth cover. The book is designed to outlast us all. The plates were scanned from 18th-century originals at the highest resolution available and are printed at a linescreen that will produce the maximum detail possible.
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