New York: Abbeville Press, (1982). Single volume, measuring 9.5 x 6.5 inches: 96. Original full brown textured cloth, spine lettered in dark brown, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Color frontispiece, color illustrations throughout text.
First American edition of this historical survey of the bed in theory and practice, “a wealth of general bed-lore” by Clockwork Orange author Anthony Burgess. “We may divine that kings and queens did not sleep any better on their ornate machines than peasants on their mud floors (Shakespeare is always going on about this), but the elaboration of a bed had nothing to do with somniference. It was all a matter of symbolism . . . the kingly bed anticipated the kingly tomb, and even hinted at the possibility of resurrection.” Lavishly illustrated with photographs of famous beds, including those of Mary Tudor, George Washington, and Napoleon Bonaparte, and beds painted by the likes of Raphael, Goya, Delacroix, and Van Gogh, with a reproduction of Toulouse-Lautrec’s “In Bed” on the dust jacket. A crisp fine copy.