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Book Description

First edition. Nicely illustrated. Cloth a little spotted; red ink number stamp on title page, text clean and tight. With “Lowell Textile Institute Library” label and prize inscription on front endpapers; no other markings.
Dealer Notes
Part of “Parker’s Collections in Popular Literature”, this fascinating little book covers all aspect of clothing, from the source of fibres (cotton plants, silk-worms, merino sheep, etc.) to the construction of the garment; the knitting of stockings and the cutting of gloves; silk hats and straw hats; and “shoes made by machinery”. Everything you ever wanted to know about period haberdashery and milinery.
“Parker’s Collection ...” is described in a contemporary journal as a series of “...Popular Books at low prices calculated, by their unexceptional tendency, for general use in families, from which School Libraries might be formed, Reward Books selected, and Lending Libraries supplied ...” In other words, from the six parts of the series (history, biography, science and arts, travels, fiction and miscellany) one could build a custom library that’s part encyclopedia, part literary entertainment, filled with valuable facts and “correct principles”.
❦ This book is held by many Textile and Design collections.
Author Anon
Date 1844
Binding Publisher's original blindstamped green cloth, gilt titling and decoration to spine
Publisher London: John W. Parker
Condition Very good
Pages 199 + 8 pp. publisher's catalogue

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