Small and perfectly formed: a facsimile of a sketchbook by the C18th plastering firm, Joseph Rose & Co. It was found with a tatty cover in a drawer at Harewood House. Joseph Rose Senior and Junior (uncle and nephew) were the pre-eminent master plasterers of their age and worked closely on the ceilings at Harewood with Robert Adam, as well as with James Wyatt, William Chambers and others. The drawings relate to multiple projects up and down the country, not only Harewood. It is rare to find books on or by the craftsmen of the period, who, along with the commissioners and the architects, make up the trinity of makers, designers and purchasers essential to all great building projects.
This is a delightful and very limited edition of 50 copies, beautifully bound in a pale yellow cloth, hand sewn with decorative endpapers, and numbered.
Kate Holland, a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, has done the layout, typesetting and binding.