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Antique Embroidery Book French - The Embroiderer's Alphabet - monograms cross stitch whitework - Christmas scenes crowns animals butterflies

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  • Vintage Supply from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: paper, antique book
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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  • Favorited by: 87 people

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  • Vintage Supply from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: paper, antique book
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
  • Favorited by: 87 people

This shop accepts Etsy gift cards

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Stunning antique embroidery book - dating from circa 1910
Please read details re. condition (below) before purchasing

D. M. C. Library.
The Embroiderer's Alphabet
Letters, Figures, Monograms and Ornaments for embroideries on counted threads
followed by a series of patterns and tracings for white embroidery
Th. de Dillmont, Editor
Published in France - Mulhouse (Alsace)
English edition, 7th issue
English-language text

Dimensions: approx 5 1/2" x 4" (approx. 14 cm x 10 cm). This book was published in two formats - this is the SMALLER of the two

Undated but obviously an early edition. I believe this book was first published in 1890 and this particular copy probably dates from the early part of the twentieth century (c. 1910?)

Stiff board covers. 82 pages of charted embroidery designs (presumably for cross stitch) - comprising letters from the alphabet (in various fonts), geometrical designs (for borders etc), and approx. 10 pages of charted illustrations - including winter sledge scenes, animals (including deer, wild boar, hare etc), crowns, mythical creatures such as griffins etc. In addition, 9 sheets (one is missing) of tracings/ transfers for monograms and 'festoons' ( i.e. white work edgings), as well as several pages of advertisements for other DMC publications
This edition differs slightly from other early editions that I have seen in that it contains a plate of pretty butterfly designs (not seen in every edition)

FAIR condition. One of the paper tracing sheets is missing. The cover is grubby with several marks, scuffs, scratches etc. Some wear and slight paper loss to spine. Foxing to title page with lesser intermittent foxing thereafter. One page has very prominent corner creasing (please see photos - the butterfly chart, which has one of the snow scenes on the other side). A few other pages have lesser creasing, plus a few brown handling marks in the margins. But binding is tight. No tears or annotations

A relatively scarce publication, despite its flaws

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