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  • CHAPTER I: Stitches in Embroidery and Lace Work
  • CHAPTER II: Instruction In Working Embroidery on Muslin
  • CHAPTER III: Instructions In Lacework
  • CHAPTER IV: Embroidery in Gold Thread
  • CHAPTER V: Tatting
  • CHAPTER VI: Conclusion

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Title: The Ladies' Handbook of Embroidery on Muslin, Lacework, and Tatting
Editor: An American Lady
Format/Publication Date: HC:1844!
Publisher: J.S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, NY
Page Count: 60
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 5 1/4" x 3 1/2"
ISBN: None

SUMMARY- When the seller told me the copyright date, I knew he had to be mistaken. It's simple enough to do, if you aren't comfortable with Roman numerals. I knew it had to be a mistake because the earliest books anyone has ever talked about are the series Mdlle. Riego published beginning in 1950. But it had tatting in it, and even if it were 1854 or even 1944, it was still a book about tatting that I hadn't seen before, so I bought it. The seller was correct on the copyright date, though. It was indeed published in 1844! Becky Clark even found several references for it that I've included the links to below! The tatting chapter is rather short, with only a few basic illustrations. She calls the shuttle used in the classic hand illustration a "needle", and goes on to tell you can find them in any notions catalog. She describes carefully how to make the knot and sliding them to close the ring. You get an illustration of a daisy, and of a very simple trim for a baby's dress. It's not the lavish affair that the Riego books and her contemporaries turn out to be, but it is the first book I am aware of that dedicated some of its pages to tatting! She claims that it had been popular in the past, and predicted it was becoming popular again. She admitted she did not know when tatting first got started. It also talks about the origins of embroidery, bobbin Lace, netted lace, and several other related disciplines. This was a small pocket-sized treasure I'm really glad to have found!

If you want a copy and wish to support the Bibliography Project, contact me at akamoraih[at]gmail[dot]com (and you know to replace the [at] and [dot] with the appropriate symbols, right?). I'm selling hardcopies only.

Becky Clark, using her superior Keyboard Fu, found these further references:

The Library Company of Philadelphia has this book in their archive:

The American Bookseller's Complete Reference Trade List, 1847:

And there appears to be an ad in the 10 Nov., 1843, Evening Post, NY: