Columbia's Daughters book by Gloria Seaman Allen
This beautiful book is filled with full-color photographs and well-written information about samplers and embroidery from the District of Columbia. Gloria Seaman Allen worked as a curator and director of the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, D.C., and she's written extensively on 18th and 19th century textiles from the Chesapeake region. She used to write for Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly magazine, too.
Sampler books do not stay in print forever -- I've already added this to my collection. This book is well worth the price of admission -- almost 300 pages, heavy paper, and a sturdy cover make this a book tht will last through many readings.