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WHITELEY (William). William Whiteley's Illustrated Furnishing Catalogue & Price List. Comprising all Articles Necessary for Furnishing, Fitting and Decorating Residences of Every Class.1888

London: Printed by William Whiteley, Oblong 4to (220 x 290 mm), [4], vi, [22], 535pp., engraved frontispiece of the department store on Queen's Road, with the Factory in the rear, "entirely devoted to the Household Furnishing Departments, forming without doubt one of the most spacious establishments of the kind in the world", front inner hinge shaken with first 10 leaves becoming loose, illustrated throughout, some in full colour, orig. maroon limp cloth, title stamped in gilt on upper cover. William Whiteley (29 September 1831 – 24 January 1907) was an English entrepreneur of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was the founder of the William Whiteley Limited retail company whose eponymous department store became the Whiteleys shopping centre. Claiming that he could provide anything from a pin to an elephant, William Whiteley dubbed himself "The Universal Provider". On 24 January 1907, Whiteley was shot dead at his shop by Horace George Raynor, aged 29, who claimed that he was Whiteley's illegitimate son. In his will Whiteley left £1 million (a fabulous amount at that time, equivalent in 2014 to £89.5 million). Some of the money was used to create Whiteley Village, a retirement village near Walton-on-Thames. This trade catalogue certainly offers the full range for the interior designer, starting with full-page illustrations and prices of 17 fully furnished rooms, moving on to all aspects of furniture, drapery, carpets, cutlery, China, Glass, Oriental, etc. Not located on Copac or OCLC, however, the latter does record a similar catalogue (2 locations) for William Whiteley but in a smaller format.

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