Instructions for cutting out apparel for the poor. . . with 13 folding plates of clothing patterns


Published by J. Walter, London, 1798
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Instructions for cutting out apparel for the poor. . . With 13 Engraved Plates of Clothing Patterns Instructions for cutting out apparel for the poor; principally intended for the assistance of the patronesses of Sunday schools, and other charitable institutions. . . . 8vo. xii, 85 [7]pp. 13 folding engraved plates of clothing patterns. London: J. Walter, 1789 [imprint lined out, with ms. correction below: Sold at the Parliament Office / Old Palace Yard]. Gilt-ruled calf c. 1789, a little rubbed, rebacked, endpapers renewed. Title-leaf silked, some edges of plates a trifle soiled and frayed, insignificant foxing and dampstaining. Very good copy. First Edition. This very rare work on methods and costs of producing affordable clothing for poor children, addressed to "Patronesses of Sunday Schools," is one of the products of the Sunday school movement, which spread rapidly throughout Britain after the philanthropist Robert Raikes (1736-1811) established the first Sunday school in Gloucester in 1783. The book describes the charitable program established at Hertingfordbury in the county of Hertfordshire, involving the town's two Sunday schools and two day schools or "Schools of Industry." In order to encourage the poor to send their children to the Sunday schools, a small portion of the charitably supported Sunday School Fund was used to purchase the raw materials (cloth, yarn, ribbon, sewing and knitting needles, etc.) for various items of clothing; these were then transformed into finished goods by the female students at the School of Industry, and offered for sale to the families of Sunday school students at a reduced price. The system was supposed to provide clothing for Sunday school students at about half of what it would ordinarily cost, plus provide the girls at the School of Industry with the training necessary to become "good servants, and useful mothers to families of their own." Quantities, types and prices of a great number of materials and finished goods are given, plus instructions and actual patterns for making various types of clothing. Very rare in commerce: When we checked OCLC cited six copies in North American libraries (ICU, MH-BA, NBuG, ICN, CaOHM, DSI). Kress B.1634. Goldsmiths 13970. Bookseller Inventory # 31828

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Title: Instructions for cutting out apparel for the...

Publisher: J. Walter, London

Publication Date: 1798

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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