Good. B00NESWZSK 1941 sixth printing of the 1934 first edition, Hodder and Stoughton, Ltd. (London), 5 1/4 x 7 7/8 inches tall beige canvas cloth hardbound, no dust jacket, brown lettering to front cover and spine, frontispiece and copious illustrations throughout, ix, , 234 pp. Moderate rubbing and edgewear to covers, with staining, particularly to the rear cover. Slight bumping to all four tips. Tiny black ink marks to front pastedown and free-endpaper. Otherwise, apart from a couple of creased page tips, a very good copy-clean, bright and unmarked-of this classic guide in its first, most revered iteration. ~SP18~ Stitches are the 'scales and exercises' of embroidery and a good working knowledge of these is the first essential foundation of the art. The number of different stitches given here may seem alarming at first, but when it is realized that the art of embroidering with the needles was already of high merit in the days of Abraham and since then has formed part of the cultural development of every nation in the world, it is not surprising that it has been possible to collect 305 stitches, every one different, every one giving some new and delightful effect, and every one yours for the working.
I purchased a 1941 (first published 1934) hardback copy ( I love old books) of this wonderfully detailed book. The stitches are arranged alphabetically, of course, including other nicknames for the stitches and cross references. The drawings and instructions are some of the clearest I've ever seen. I have many embroidery books, but I refer to this one the most often. You hardly need another reference book.
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