Olney, Bucks: H.H. Armstrong, 1919. Hardcover. Octavo size, 288 pp. Near Fine. Item #SB1737
The origin of lace is disputed by historians; one claim, by an Italian, is that is was mentioned in a will of 1493 by the Milanese Sforza family. A Flemish claim is lace on the alb of a worshiping priest in a painting about 1485 by Hans Memling; but since lace evolved from other techniques, it is impossible to say that it originated in any one place (n.b., information from Wiki).
This book, while it begins with some early tracings of lace in ancient times, concentrates on the industry in the English Midlands. Chapters include the historical and progresses to the Lace Schools, the Bobbins, the Lace-Tells and the Lace-Makers' Holidays, and closes with "Lace-Making Today" - now almost 100 years ago.
___DESCRIPTION: Navy blue cloth boards with a narrow blind rule on the front, gilt lettering on the front and spine, plain endpapers, 50 black and white plates including vintage photographs of both people and examples of lace, both designs and finished items; pagination: xvi, 272 includes Appendices and an Index.
___CONDITION: Overall near fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners with a minimum of rubbing, the interior is clean, and it is entirely free of prior owner markings; there is some scattered foxing to the interior and the edges of the text block, and a browned strip about an inch wide down the gutter of the verso of the title page (which serves as a dedication page and the opposite page - perhaps from a strip of paper laid there long ago, the remains of a small sticker (bookseller's ticket?) on the rear pastedown, and very minor edgewear.
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