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This has become, in the years I have been selling rare/used books here, a Very Rare book. It is unusual for more reasons than it's rarity, however.
This is a 8 X 10 inch stiff paper bound book originally from Charles Scribner's & Sons, it was published in 1978. I can't see that the date matters much, nothing really changes about stitching letters & numbers on canvas, not really.
Plus this book one of the few Monogram and Letters Books I know of that has numbers too (one of them just has 1 set of numbers in one style). None of them is a new book.
According to the author, in her forward, most of the letter and number patterns in this book have been copied from old pattern books. These are books from the 1800's that she inherited.
This is interesting, she says that people must have had better eyesight then, some of the patterns were on a very small scale. Some as small as 35 stitches to the inch (and in candle or gas light, no less).
She goes on to say that the letters I and J were considered interchangeable, as were V and U. She has supplied the missing letters for these charts and done the patterns 10 stitches to an inch.
These were, of course, orginally intended to be cross-stitch patterns and the author goes on to show you how they should be adapted to needlepoint.
This valuable book also has the letters and numbers sized by what I think is mono canvas mesh size. There are a variety of sizes shown, in both letter & numbers.
This is an interesting book and a valuable reference. The various styles are shown in different sizes. There are 28 alphabets and 8 styles of numerals.
Published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1978, Letters and Numbers for Needlepoint is in good condition.
I know the price of this book is high. I price these rare books based on what it costs me to buy them for re-sale. I'm not sure how to say this, I am not making a huge profit here. This book has become very hard to find, very rare and very expensive. I dislike this as much as you do.
The front cover has a bend in it. The edges of the cover and pages are worn but the pages are good. Hardly any yellowing. The spine is tight, I don't think this book has been opened frequently.