The Cabinetmaker's Account: John Head's Craft & Commerce in Colonial Philadel.

Mark Maleski

Chris Storb has a series a recent blog examining the construction methods followed in John Head's Philadelphia shop.  In the comments section of this blog, I found a reference to an upcoming (Dec 2018) release of new book: "The Cabinetmaker's Account: John Head's Record of Craft & Commerce in Colonial Philadelphia, 1718–1753."  For those near Philadelphia, there's a free book release party to be held on Dec 10th (2018) where you can purchase a signed copy of the book at a discount.  The rest of us can pre-order with discount at the following link:  (I have just ordered mine.)

More details (pasted from the link): English joiner John Head immigrated to Philadelphia in 1717 and became one of its most successful artisans and merchants. However, Head's prominence had been lost to history until Jay Stiefel's serendipitous discovery of his account book at the American Philosophical Society Library. Head’s account book is the earliest and most complete to have survived from any cabinetmaker working in British North America or in Great Britain.
[/size]Stiefel’s definitive interpretation of the account book and his other discoveries fill documentary voids in the lives and trades of Colonial Philadelphia’s middling classes, giving voice to those often overlooked in more traditional studies. His book, published by APS, is in large format with 320 pages, 100 mostly color illustrations, a comprehensive index, and biographical data.