Title: The Book of Point Lace and Tatting Author/Designer: Darton & Co.
Format/Publication Date: TPB:1850,2011reprint
Publisher: Darton & Co., London, UK / Iva Rose Vintage Reproductions, New Bedford, MA
Page Count: 44
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/2" x 11"
SUMMARY- Despite the book's conceit being that the chapters are written as a series of letters from an Aunt to her neice, explaining to her how to create point lace and basic tatting(without any illustration except for the pattern samples), there is no name given as the author of this book. The book is mostly about point lace with one chapter on tatting stating- "Necessarily, however, no very great variety of forms can be obtained in this style of work, notwithstanding the undoubted advance that has been made in it; it is better adapted as an adjunt than as a principal; and, therefore, I have restored it to its original use as a part of ENGLISH POINT LACE, in which capacity it combines the great merits of simplicity, appropriateness, and durability." Huh. I know Mde. Riego began her famous(among tatting circles) series of tatting books in 1850 and is widely considered the creator of modern tatting. Most history references cite tatting as having begun as knotting, and form of embroidery, and less often, as a maritime skill to keep idle sailors occupied. This statement was written in 1850. The chapter has other interesting things to say and describes how to form a basic stitch but is really quite primitive compared to any other work I've seen.
The book was written to help advertise and sell the publisher's threads. I found it very interesting from a historical perspective but there's very little actual tatting in it. If you're looking for antique tatting patterns, I'd give this book a miss.