New York: Garrett & Co., . First edition of this thorough guide to needlework. With six large folding patterns printed on color paper and a few text diagrams of needlework techniques. Some edgewear. Ink ownership inscription to front flyleaf, dated 1955: “Mary D. Kramar. Found on a wonderful trip to Pittsburgh, with Sara Thelma Aliquippa.” Another pencil ownership signature to the same flyleaf: Margaret Class, wife of John Class, a well-known southern California book collector and Zamorano Club member, dated 1998.
Some creasing and toning to patterns (mostly at edges of leaves), one loose and laid-in at original position. Some dustsoiling and offsetting. A very good copy of a fragile and uncommon book/. Publisher’s blue cloth titled in gilt. 117, [2, ads] pp. Item #17110
Ann Sophia Winterbotham Stephens (1810 – 1886) was a prolific novelist and journalist. Stephens served on the editorial staff of periodicals including the Ladies’ Companion, Graham’s Magazine, Frank Leslie’s Ladies Gazette of Fashion, and Mrs. Stephens’ Illustrated New Monthly, the last of which was published by her husband and later merged with Peterson’s Magazine. She contributed to numerous other periodicals including the New York Express and Sunday Morning News. Her novels and short stories were praised by Edgar Allan Poe, who wrote that Stephens had “a quick appreciation of the picturesque, and is not unskillful in delineations of character…Her style is what the critics usually term ‘powerful,’ but lacks real power through its verboseness and floridity…her faults… belong to the effervescence of high talent,” (quoted in the ANB). Stephens is also considered the innovator of the dime novel genre: in 1860, Irwin P. Beadle began a series of dime novels with Stephen’s Malaeska, a novel previously serialized in the Ladies’ Companion in 1839.
Stephens also dabbled in politics and was friends with figures like Mirabeau B. Lamar, president of the republic of Texas, and President James Buchanan. In 1861, she reported on an assassination plot on Abraham Lincoln’s life, but was not heeded. American National Biography.