|Front plate from 1857 edition|
The books are in good condition, but there are some condition issues throughout. The covers show minor cosmetic damage, and some of the pages have come loose. There is yellowing throughout, and some staining in places. Nothing too out of the ordinary for books of this age. Still readable, and the illustrations are wonderful. I thought I'd share some of the ones that caught my eye.
There are only a few color plates. One of these is a wonderful full color Berlin Wool Work design with a pheasant perched in an open wreath, and the design is all done on a grid.
There was a small card inside with handwritten note on the back. I think it was something done by a friend of one of the book's owners. The image was printed and hand colored. If you click the picture of the back side, you should be able to see it large enough to read its charming message.
Best of all, there were some patchwork quilt designs. Interestingly, most of them were just pictures with the word "patchwork" and no other information. These weren't patterns as we know them today. If someone wanted to make a quilt, they could do the math and draft templates themselves based on the inspiration design in the book. I guess that's how it worked. I found one place with a rather remarkable piece of writing accompanying the patchwork designs. Click to enlarge...hope you can read it!
So, what a treat! Mom's the best. She spent a total of ten dollars for both books. When I told her I thought the books might have some value - I've seen some for sale for several hundred dollars - she said, "Oh. Maybe I should put in another ten dollars." Love you, Mom!!