1837. Item #16494
Adams, William Bridges. English Pleasure Carriages: Their origin, history, varieties, materials, construction, defects, improvements, and capabilities [etc.] London: Charles Knight 1837. xviii, 315p, ca. 25 line ills. Good hardcover (blue-green cloth, spine gilt stamped). Lacks front endpaper; occasional neat penciling. Armorial bookplate of Augustus Terry Clarke. Related material laid in, including two small ink drawings of carriages. ** The first edition of this important book on the principles of carriage design and structure. Adams believes that the uplifting qualities of good design ("pleasing colours and pleasing forms tend to soften rugged natures") ought surely to be applied to carriages, which "are objects of beauty constantly exposed to public view, as much so as architectural erections--perhaps more so, being locomotive." But he also has an eye on the railway age, and in the last chapter he applies some of his ideas to steam locomotion. "Rated as one of the most important [books on carriages] by all leading authorities" (Rittenhouse, Carriage Hundred 1) [Attingham].