My scan of this book came out with the top cut off. It is "English Decorative Fabrics of the 16th-18th Centuries" by A. F. Kendrick, published in 1934. It smells like book--not musty, but like, well, book.
I love that smell.
The book is on heavy paper with big type (my eyes are happy). Half is text and half black and white photographs, many from private collections. I've already found some good material.
Three more books arrived on my desk late today. There is a two volume set, "Patterns in Western Europe: 1180-1900," by Joan Evans and published in 1931. The index shows some promising listings. For visual reference, I borrowed "Chinese Art: An Introductory Handbook to Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Textiles, Bronzes and Minor Arts" by a whole bunch of people (Fry is the first name) and published in 1935--just in time to be a reference for the thesis.
I haven't been stitching this week--it's been a busy week so far--I've had two evening guild planning meetings. Two visiting scholars arrived from China to work with one of our faculty members on translating a book he's writing. They've made my life very interesting--in a good way. And I'm being dripped on by our over-worked air conditioning system. Hopefully that will be remedied tomorrow by some sealing tape. (I noticed the building engineer didn't say duct tape, but I'm sure that's what it is.) It's still very hot here.