Philadelphia and New York: George S. Appleton and D. Appleton & Co., 1849.
Hardcover. Very good. A scarce early American crochet manual. Probable first edition (copyright 1848, but no examples of an 1848 edition found in OCLC). 11.5 cm, 64 pp, in original brown cloth with gilt vignette on front board. Light wear to boards, gilt rubbed; very good. "By the author of The Hand-Books of "Etiquette for Ladies,' 'Knitting, Netting, and Fancy Work,' etc, etc. Attributed in some OCLC listings to southern novelist Augusta Jane Evans Wilson (1835-1909), but we have been unable to confirm this. According to the Preface, this volume "will be found to contain a very complete assortment of useful articles, combined with a great variety of those which are chiefly intended...for the purposes of ornament; and not the least of its recommendations will be found in the fact that nearly all the patters are original and, therefore, only to be obtained from its pages." Includes general "directions and explanations" followed by instructions for collars, edgings, baby's cap and boots, purses, opera cap, doily, napkin, handkerchief, and other projects. Instructions are written only (no illustrations). .