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Original brown paper covered boards, cloth spine. 80 unnumbered pages. A manuscript Victorian lace sample book entirely written in fine handwriting (fountain pen) by Marie Vachoiz and comprising 70 original samples of hand-made crocheted, knitted, and bobbin lace samples, 68 of them beautifully mounted on thick coloured paper and then tipped-in, two tipped-in directly onto the sheets (lightly ruled paper). Title page: "Chahier de Dentelle (in heavy lettering) [starting of penciled lettering] [a string of numerals ] 1869, Marie Vachoiz." The quality of the lace presented here represents a significant expertise and polish in producing handmade lace. The text details 81 different patterns in manuscript (with 70 actual samples) and at the end offers a few pages discussing the specifics of producing knitted and crochet laces. An important work in the sense of its teaching parameter, rarely found thus, with examples and copious explanations, in manuscript form, and the extent of these suggest a work perhaps made in anticipation of publication. The superb patterns detailed in elegant cursive include those M. Vachoiz has identified as the Spider, the Laf, Tortoiseshell, the Scale, Pyramids, Snowflake, Valencian, and many others. A superbly preserved survival, with all the examples in perfect condition. Boards somewhat worn at corners, well-preserved internally. Laid in is a fine pen and ink engraving transferred onto gold leaf paper (unknown if this was owned by the author or laid in by a subsequent owner).
Price: $1,750.00 Item #2295