- Hardcover: 396 pages
- Publisher: Oblong Creative Ltd/Royal Botanic Gardens Kew; First edition (6 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0955657679
- ISBN-13: 978-0955657672
- Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 5.3 x 33 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 972,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Woods in British Furniture-making 1400 - 1900: An Illustrated Historical Dictionary Hardcover – 6 Aug 2012
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"Bowett's knowledge of the field is incomparable - and to the benefit of the reader, accessible, digestible, and useful."--Henry Berry "Antiques Today "
"Bowett's knowledge of the field is incomparable and to the benefit of the reader, accessible, digestible, and useful."--Henry Berry "Antiques Today ""
About the Author
Adam Bowett is an independent furniture historian. He has published widely in academic and popular journals and is the author of two books on English furniture. He works as a consultant to museums and auction houses, as well as to organizations such as the National Trust, Historic Scotland and Historic Royal Palaces.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The content is organized alphabetically into the two primary categories of hardwoods and softwoods. But this too says little about the book other than denoting ease of use as a reference. The two indexes help in this too. The alphabetical entries are more than simple definitions, overviews, and annotations to inform the reader of basics of the hundreds of entries. Many of the entries are like articles or essays like ones seen in scholarly journals or periodicals for craftspeople or hobbyists. The material of any of the extended entries is liberal with diversified topics and often to the point of colorfulness so as to interest lay readers. One looking up a particular entry for a fact or simple definition-like understanding will, for instance, find oneself becoming absorbed in rich material ranging from biology, visual description, history, authoritative opinion, use in different historical periods, social history, geography, and others. Following the alphabetical section are four appendices, including one with realistic-looking photos of more than 90 different types of wood for identification.
Bowett's knowledge of the field is incomparable – and to the benefit of the reader, accessible, digestible, and useful. This book is the culmination of the author's interest in and research on British furniture and the wood its made from and its craftsmanship preceded by two other books on early British furniture. The high cost of the book is justified not only by its high quality in every respect, but also because it is improbable that it would ever be superseded or surpassed.
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Art, Architecture & Photography > Styles & Movements
- Books > Home & Garden > DIY & Home Improvements > DIY Guides
- Books > Science & Nature > Biological Sciences > Botany & Plant Sciences > Reference
- Books > Science & Nature > History & Philosophy > Reference
- Books > Scientific, Technical & Medical > Biology > Plant Sciences