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This is a handsome book illustrated with the Special Needlework Collection from the Winterthur Museum. it is also a rare book.
This is not a needlepoint project book, it will not teach you how to stitch but it is the history of American Needlework with some fine pictures of early work.
To quote from the dust jacket " This is the story of early American women as they told it in their needlework." Well said.
From the back cover: " Plain and Fancy is not only a comprehensive survey of American needlework forms from the late seventeenth century into the Victorian era, but also a social history of the women who did this needlework, their primary and most acceptable creative outlet."
This is a valuable book to anyone interested in the history of needlework. It is full of pictures and the information here is good and easily accessible.
My one complaint with this book and it is kind of a big one is how few of the pictures are full color. Most pictures are B and W and while they are good, they need color to really show the beauty of this work.
This is a First Edition of this book. Published in 1977 by Rutledge books, a division of Holt, Rinehart and Winston. This is a hard cover book with 238 pages
Since I first found this book and sold it and now, this book has jumped in price. I am not surprised it is becoming a rare book, it is a good book.
Plain and Fancy is in remarkable condition, for it's age. The book is very good, the pages are clean and white and the binding is tight. Even the dust cover is good. The pages and edges of the dust jacket are slightly yellowed. this too, is from age.
Someone has written a price on the top corner of the inside cover page. I do not want to risk trying to remove it.