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A. Hepplewhite and Co. / The cabinet-maker and upholsterer's guide, or, Repository of designs for every article of household furniture, in the newest and most approved taste : displaying a great variety of patterns ... in the plainest and most enriched styles : with a scale to each, and an explanation in letter press : also, the plan of a room, shewing the proper distribution of the furniture ... / from drawings by A. Hepplewhite and Co. ...
(1897)

Preface


 
                   P R E F A C E. 
tend to remove this difficulty; and as our idea-of the ufeful was fuch 
articles as are generally Serviceable in genteel life, we flatter ourfelves
the labour and pains we have bellowed on this work will not be con- 
fidered as time ufelefsly fpent. 
  To Refidents in London, though our drawings are all new, yet, as 
we defignedly followed the latef{ or moft prevailing fahion only, pur- 
pofely omitting fuch articles, whofe recommendation was mere no- 
velty, and perhaps a violation of all eflablifhed rule, the produdion of
whim at the inflance of caprice, whofe appetite mufl ever fuffer dif- 
appointment if any fimilar thing had been previoufly thought of; we 
fay, having regularly avoided thofe fancies, and fReadily adhered to 
fuch articles only as are of general ufe and fervice, one principal hope
for favour and encouragement will be, in having combined near three 
hundred different patterns for furniture in fo fmall a fpace, and at fo 
fmall a price.  In this inflance we hope for reward; and though we 
lay no claim to extraordinary merit in our defigns, we flatter ourfelves
they will be found Serviceable to young workmen in general, and occa- 
fionally to more experienced ones. 


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