NETTO, Johann F. (1756-1810); and F. L. LEHMANN
Die Kunst Zu Stricken in ihrem ganzen Umfange Oder: Vollständige und gründliche Anweisung alle sowohl gewöhnliche als künstliche Arten von Strickerei nach Zeichnungen zu verfertigen
Leipzig: Georg Voss, 1804. Oblong folio. (11 1/8 x 18 1/2 inches). Engraved hand-colored title and 50 engraved plates in two states (25 hand-coloured). The colour plates on laid paper, the text and uncoloured plates on wove paper, as issued.
Contemporary linen-backed marbled paper covered boards. Housed in a red morocco backed box.
Second enlarged edition of a beautifully-illustrated pattern book on knitting, crocheting, lace making and more.
The first edition of this knitting manual was published by Voss in 1800, with only 30 plates (15 plates in two states). In the preface of the present edition the author explains that for this new, improved edition the text has been improved and expanded with additional chapters and an index, and that new plates had been engraved. Netto's work aimed to provide women with a detailed guide to knitting, with instructions for crocheting, bobbin lace-making, filet crocheting, and more. Twenty-four chapters and a supplement contain basic descriptions of stitches, technique, types of yarn, and other highly technical instruction. The engraved plates are present in two states, the uncoloured states showing the stitches and intended to be used to transfer the design, and the colored plates the final results. They include a variety of decorative motifs, including letters, numbers, floral and abstract geometric motifs, and patterns for hats, a child's dress, banners, and more. As with many such pattern books from this period, very rare complete with all plates.