THE LADIES' WORK-TABLE BOOK, T.B. Peterson, ca. 1845 [Diagrams]


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The Ladies' Work-Table Book;

Containing Clear and Practical Instructions in Plain and Fancy Needlework, Embroidery, Knitting, Netting, and Crochet 

Philadelphia:  T.B. Peterson and Brothers, [ND]  

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Red cloth covers have blind tooled borders, with gilt illustration and title. 
  • Boards show some smudges, stains, edgewear.  Corners are scuffed.  See photos.  
  • Spine has gilt text dimmed and is darkened, with frayed ends.  See photos.  
  • Binding is secure. 
  • Pastedowns and feps have some light foxing, staining. 
  • Illustrations, engravings in the text, are clear. 
  • Interior is gently age-toned, exhibits scattered foxing, some stains.  See photos. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • PS2024.0516

162 pages. 4 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches

A detailed guide to the needle arts, offering instruction in stitching of many sorts for household purposes.  Includes discussion of cloth types and qualities, tools, stitches, and techniques.  

One of the "Useful Works" published by T.B. Peterson of Philadelphia, this title appears in London editions as early as 1843, and in Philadelphia through the 1850s.  The red cloth covers with gilt illustration are distinctive, reproduced in many subsequent reprintings, including modern paperback issues. 

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