|Hints on Household Taste: The Classic Handbook of Victorian Interior Decoration|
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Hints on Household Taste: The Classic Handbook of Victorian Interior Decoration, by Eastlake, Charles L.. Dover Publications, Inc.: New York, 1986. Edition: Reprint. ISBN: 0486250466. Trade Paperback, 8vo, 5.5 by 8 inches, 304 pages. Pictorial wraps. Well illustrated with black and white drawings. Includes Index. Introduction by John Gloag.
Condition: Very Good. Inconspicuous reading creases on spine; slight wear along leading edge of cover. Interior pages are clean, unmarked, and secure in cover.
Contents: This Dover edition, first published in 1986, is an unabridged republication of the 1969 Dover edition of Hints on Household Taste in Furniture, Upholstery and other Details, a republication of the 1878 fourth (revised) edition published by Longmans, Green and Company, London. For the 1969 Dover edition, and Introduction was prepared specially by John Gloag. The original nine color plates from the 1878 edition are represented by black-and-white reproductions.
One of the most important books in the history of 19th century domestic design was Charles Eastlake's Hints on Household Taste. First published in 1868, it went through many editions and republications, and served as a basic source for philosophy of design for hundreds of architects, manufacturers, and decorators, as well as for perhaps hundreds of thousands of home owners. As the preeminent book which told its contemporaries what was proper, beautiful, and efficient, it had immeasurable influence on many areas of Victorian life.
Eastlake's pleasantly written discussion covers almost all aspects of domestic living in mid-19th-century England, from the arrangement of a vestibule to utensils for the kitchen: rugs, carpet, floor coverings; wallpaper, hangings, stenciled decorations; furnishing of all sorts; arrangement of decorative objects; picture framing; design of tables, chairs, cupboards, beds, etc.; hardware; crockery, table service; color combinations; concordance of material and function, material and decoration; and a host of other topics. As a result it is invaluable to everyone concerned with restoration, period design, cultural history, or antique collecting.
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