Deluxe ‘Roubo on Furniture’

Note: Price includes shipping to the U.S. International customers will be charged an additional fee based on actual shipping costs. We will contact international customers before the book ships about additional charges. This book is expected to ship in summer 2017, barring production or transportation delays.

By Donald C. Williams, Michele Pietryka-Pagán & Philippe Lafargue

After seven years of work by a worldwide team of translators, editors and designers – and an investments of hundreds of thousands of dollars – we are pleased to offer the deluxe version of “With All the Precision Possible: Roubo on Furniture.”

Measuring 12-1/4” wide x 17-1/4” tall by almost 2-1/4” thick, “Roubo on Furniture” is the largest and most luxurious book we have printed since Lost Art Press was founded in 2007.

The text is printed in #100 Mohawk Superfine paper, perhaps the finest domestic paper available today. To match the fine paper, the images and plates are printed in full color at a linescreen few presses can achieve.

The result is a level of detail and clarity rarely seen in any book of any era.

The book’s signatures are sewn, casebound and reinforced with a fiber tape that will ensure the binding will outlast us all. The hardbound boards are covered in a beautifully printed pattern with a cotton cloth cover on the spine. The spine is then debossed in gold and black.

The entire book comes in a custom-made slipcase covered in a complementary-colored cotton cloth.

We are printing 1,000 copies of the deluxe edition. Once this press run is sold out, there will not be a second press run.

Our deluxe version of “Roubo on Marquetry” (long since sold out) was manufactured to these same high specifications and was named one of the “50 Books of the Year” by by the Design Observer, in association with AIGA and Designers & Books.

About the Text

“With All the Precision Possible: Roubo on Furniture” is the first English translation of the 18th-century masterpiece: “l’art du Menuisier” by André-Jacob Roubo. This, our second volume, covers Roubo’s writing on woodworking tools, the workshop, joinery and building furniture.

In addition to the translated text and images from the original, “With All the Precision Possible: Roubo on Furniture” also includes five contemporary essays on Roubo’s writing by craftsmen Christopher Schwarz, Don Williams, Michael Mascelli, Philippe Lafargue and Jonathan Thornton.

“Roubo on Furniture” is filled with insights into working wood and building furniture that are difficult or impossible to find in both old and modern woodworking books. Unlike many woodworking writers of the 18th century Roubo was a traditionally trained and practicing joiner. He interviewed fellow craftsmen from other trades to gain a deep and nuanced view of their practices. He learned to draw, so almost all of the illustrations in this book came from his hand.

The above facts are important because many early woodworking books are filled with information that is not quite right and drawings that were made by non-woodworkers. Not so with Roubo.

No matter what sort of woodworking you do or your skill level, we think “Roubo on Furniture” will expand greatly your knowledge of how fine furniture was (and still should be) built.