Picture Book of Authentic Mid-Victorian Gas Lighting Fixtures; A Reprint of the Historic Mitchell, Vance & Co. Catalog, ca. 1876, with Over 1000 Illustrations
New York: Dover Publications, Inc, 1984. Reissue. Perfect Bound. Quarto, pp. 83, illustrated with over 1000 b/w drawings. Very Good Wraps, Minor Wear. Item #21935
Toward the close of the 19th century, gas lighting was the most reliable and popular artificial illumination available. By 1876, Mitchell Vance & Co. was the premier manufacturer of gas appliances and fixtures in the United States. This lavish catalog, reproduced from an extremely rare edition (ca. 1876), contains over 1000 fine engravings displaying almost every product made by Mitchell, Vance & Co. during the mid-Victorian era. Here is a magnificent array of ornate chandeliers, hall and store pendants (i.e., ceiling fixtures), gas fixtures, and stoves. You'll also find delicately etched, handpainted, and cut-glass globes and shades, a variety of street lanterns, cigar lighters, and standards decorated with elaborate figures and floral designs. Artists, designers, decorators, and craftspeople will welcome this handy volume as an endless source of inspiration and copyright-free illustration.