[TEXTILES] Fabric Swatch Books 1907, 1912, 1913 & 1915
4to. 4 manuscript volumes. Each volume cloth backed over marbled paper covered boards, all volumes inscribed by hand throughout, with varying degrees of deterioration, all four books have been heavily used, neat excisions of some gatherings.
Three notebooks seemingly purchased from booksellers in Roubaix, Northern France, which have been filled with contemporary fabric swatches pasted onto each leaf, and extensively annotated with specifications, prices and other details. Perhaps used by a tailor, but most probably a cloth merchant showing off his seasonal wares. The books have been penned in a consistent hand, and occasionally edited (with varying levels of animosity) by other contemporary users. Each volume has suffered externally to an extent from being carried about and used at the time, but all retain the vast majority of the original fabric samples on the present pages, and the commercial bookplates indicating where each notebook was purchased. The number of swatches per book varies, but is over 600 for both the 1913 and 1915 volumes, and more than 250 for the 1907 and 1912 texts, for a total of around 1700 individual examples.