Philadelphia: G.G. Evans, 1859. First Edition. Octavo (19.5cm); red cloth, decoratively stamped in blind and gilt; 240pp. Boards comprehensively soiled, rubbed and worn; leading corners bumped; spine gilt dulled, heel and crown chipped. Foxing and dampstains throughout textblock, else bindings sound, a Good and complete copy.
Those craftier bibliophiles might be interested in trying their hands at the really retro patterns and projects in this 1859 needlework handbook. Compiled by Florence Hartley, the text assumes a basic level of skill with a needle and thread, and includes patterns/ideas in bead work, knitting and crochet, quilting, tatting/guipure/lace work, embroidery, braiding, netting, feather flowers, and more. Hartley advocated needlework as essential to a woman's overall happiness and usefulness to society, making this craft guide an interesting look back at 19th century values and mores.