"ANYONE WITH THE DICTIONARY OF NEEDLEWORK AT HAND CAN READILY MASTER THE PRINCIPLES AND DETAILS OF A GIVEN WORK": RICHLY ILLUSTRATED WITH HUNDREDS OF PLATES, 40 IN COLOR
CAULFEILD, S.F.A. and SAWARD, Blanche C. The Dictionary of Needlework, an Encyclopedia of Artistic, Plain, and Fancy Needlework. London: A.W. Cowan, circa 1890. Six volumes. Quarto, original red cloth decorated in black, gilt and blind, all edges gilt. $2200.
Second edition of this comprehensive encyclopedia of needlework techniques and patterns from around the world and throughout history, illustrated with "upwards of 1200 wood engravings and color plates," with a number of the 40 color plates also embossed to replicate the feel of the fabric. Six large volumes in the original cloth-gilt.
The comprehensive work documents the history and evolution of needlework as a decorative art form in cultures around the world, "dealing fully with the details of all the stitches employed, the method of working, the materials used, the meaning of technical terms, and… tracing the origin and history of the various works described." First published circa 1885.
A few volumes with minor text block reinforcement, a few corners or pines mildly bumped, spines gently sunned but cloth clean, gilt bright. An attractive, extremely good set.