Worth Hunting For
In issue 18, Selvedge asked a team of textile experts to help compile a list of must-have books -- titles every fabric connoisseur should read. Gilly Newberry, Director of Bennison, suggested a few that really grabbed my attention: Printed Textiles: English and American Cottons and Linens 1700-1850, Florence Montgomery, Viking Press, 1970; Origins of Chintz, John Irwin and Katharine Brett, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1970; Primary Colours, Alexander Theroux, Picadour, 1996; and Sitsen Uit India: Indian Chintzes, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Henry Holt & Co., 1994.
Several of these titles are out of print and very pricey. So, I thought it would be nice if we could hunt for the books at public libraries (or college libraries). Doing a quick search I found Printed Textiles in the Atlanta-Fulton County system. Let us know if you make any discoveries in your neighborhood. (By the way, a copy of Printed Textiles is also available at Russack & Loto Books.)
The image at top is from Selvedge ; image three is McCain Library, courtesy Agnes Scott College.