Weaver and author Mary Ann Beinecke assembled an important collection of books on decorative art with particular strengths in costume history, handicrafts, and textile design. This collection, which spans the period from 1550 to the 1970s, includes numerous examples of French textile manufacturers’ sample books; treatises on textile production; dye manufacturers’ formula books; and bound sets of fashion plates, the majority of these Parisian. Sketchbooks of kimono patterns and textile sample books offer examples of traditional Japanese textile design. Also of note is a rare collection of sixteenth-, seventeenth-, and eighteenth-century weavers’ pattern books, including several early editions of Nathanael Lumscher’s Weber Kunst- und Bild-Buch. The collection was a gift of Mary Ann Beinecke in 1977.
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