6 fascicles (1 text, 5 plates), oblong folio; pp. , and 301 plates, most printed in two colours (numbered I-XII, 1-288, and one plate with six coloured fabric specimens), internally very good; housed in the original half brown cloth portfolio, one flap missing.
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First edition of a massive pattern book on textile designs for bookbinding cloth, illustrating more than 9000 textile patterns. It took the author ten years to collect all the designs. The patterns include Plain, Satin, Twill, Diamond, Crepe, Diagonal, Rib, Damask, Corkscrew, Honeycomb, Herringbow, etc. and their derivatives. The text is printed in German, French and English, in parallel columns. The work is printed to a high standard.
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