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Beautiful Book

Anna Berkes

It's not quite brand new, but a number of our staff were positively googly-eyed over this book, so I thought it worth mentioning: A Pattern Book of Tools and Household Goods, published by the Early American Industries Association in cooperation with the Peabody Essex Museum . This book is a little gem, and a real aesthetic pleasure. It's a reprint of a ca. 1820 English pattern book of "mainly light steel toys, tools, household goods, and sporting items...woodworking tools, garden tools, kitchen utensils, sewing tools, table wares, skates, boot hooks, curling irons, dentists' instruments, corkscrews, gun tools, saddlers' tools, Lancashire tools, watch and clock makers' tools, upholsterers' tools and many others." It's printed on lovely heavy paper with a number of fold-out pages and an insert booklet with a list of prices from 1810. Archaeologists, curators, and anyone interested in early 19th-century material culture may want to have a look at this book. It can be purchased from Astragal Press.

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