Delaware Discoveries: Girlhood Embroidery 1750-1850 by Gloria Seaman Allen
DON'T MISS THIS! This book run is nearing the end of what was printed. Sadly, the author passed away last year, and it is doubtful it will be reprinted. It's a fabulous book -- worthy of any sampler lover's library.
It's a gorgeous hardcover book filled with photographs and excellent information about samplers and embroidery from this important period of American history. 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.
At almost 400 pages, there is plenty to learn. The paper is heavy, and the book is very sturdy to stand up to many readings. I love the font, too -- which for some reason is really important to me. The second picture shows one page in the book, so you can see the style of the layout. A+ on this one!