Download an excerpt from this book here.
“The Book of Plates” contains every single gorgeous illustration from all of the volumes of André-Jacob Roubo’s “l’Art du Menuisier,” the most important woodworking book of the 18th century. All the plates are printed full size on #100 Mohawk Superfine paper – the best paper available today.
The book itself is 472 pages long and measures 10” wide, 14-1/4” tall and 1-3/4” thick – a sizable chunk. It ships in a custom-made box.
As with all Lost Art Press books, “The Book of Plates” is produced entirely in the United States. It is hardbound, casebound, with sewn signatures and a cloth cover. The book is designed to outlast us all. The plates were scanned from 18th-century originals at the highest resolution available and are printed at a linescreen that will produce the maximum detail possible.
We think “The Book of Plates” is an intoxicating look at 18th-century work, everything from furniture to architectural woodwork, carriage-making, marquetry and garden woodwork. And we are not alone. Roubo’s volumes are still the legal standard when it comes to the craft of woodworking in most of the world.
Even if you never buy one of our translations of Roubo’s text, “The Book of Plates” will inspire you – for many years we owned two copies of Roubo with only a passing knowledge of French. And if you read Roubo in the original French, German or one of our English translations, having the full-size plates in front of you makes a huge difference.
In addition to containing all 383 plates from “l’Art du menuisier,” we have included the first English translation of the table of contents for the books, which serve as a guide to the illustrations. This table of contents is 11 pages long and is a road map to the contents of the book. There also are short essays from Don Williams, our partner in translating the text, and Christopher Schwarz, the publisher.
Those who purchase "The Book of Plates" here will also receive the full translation of Plate 11 from "Roubo on Furniture" as a download.