A reissue of a book that took an established place on original publication and that will be welcomed by public libraries and shops dealing in antiques- as well as for private libraries of ""amateurs"" -- on a fairly carriage trade scale. For these are not ""folk pieces""- there's very little of the cruder type of early American. Most of the nearly 2000 articles of furniture illustrated belong in the houses- then and now- of the well-to-do. There is valuable information here for any collector, fundamental knowledge for correct analysis of American furniture, derived (sometimes brought) from Europe, particularly England, and developed in the hands of American designers. The material is broken down into pieces (chairs, beds, bureaus, desks, etc.) and within those classifications, into periods and types, sources and makers. Footnotes make interesting- if not always relevant- reading. Information on fakes- reproductions- restorations, and the chapter on details (knobs, hinges, and a wide miscellany) I found particularly valuable.