A Treatise on Carriages

By William Felton. Mendham, NJ: The Astragal Press, 1996. 554 pages., b/w illustrations of original plates. Reprint from the 1796 and 1794 edition. 720 pages. 60 plates. Hard cover. 6″ x 9″. ISBN 1-879335-70-0.
In the late 18th century, William Felton wrote what has become the most comprehensive and definitive work on design and construction of elegant carriages. As Ron Vineyard writes in his preface, “Felton’s thoughts on what constituted beauty, strength, elegance and style, give us great insight into the level of skills required for such sophisticated work. His Treatise was written with the intended purpose of providing information necessary to the carriage owner.