This took longer than you’d think but here’s a list of books I photographed -most of them in their entirety- from the Library of Congress on my recent trip. Other than the first title listed below, I haven’t included any notes but I’m sure to update this later. Let me know which look appealing. Note how long most of the titles are; often the authors made their own name part of the title. Pretty funny I think. I’ve dispensed with the usual protocol of underlining the titles because the line after line of underline makes the copy hard to read.
_Anthropometrische Trigonometrie der Zuschneidekunst, Zunächst für Herrenkleidermacher_ by Gustav Adolf Muller 1860
Of them all, I think the above book (in German) is the most rare. It was housed in special collections and took me several days to get it. Extremely delicate, print bleed through, I didn’t copy the whole thing but did photograph most of the drafts, technically folios, oversized and folded out. It was published in Dresden and considering the destruction that city endured during WWII, it is possible this is the only copy in existance. Tragedy if so and tragedy nonetheless as I think it deserves some exposure, some very unique things about it. I think it’d be an interesting reprint but I can’t imagine how one could go about copying the book without damaging it. Sadly, being in German, I suppose it’s doomed to reside at the Library of Congress where no one will ever appreciate it.
_Bayne’s Self-Instruction Book for Dress Cutting by The French Glove Fitting Tailor System by Exact Measure. A Manual for the Use of Bayne’s Paris Scale._ Copyright 1883 by J. Reid Bayne
_The Elliptic System comprising Elliptic Instrument and Rule of Graduated Division Including Quarto Size Plates On Which Are Diagrams of Various Forms, Figures and Models_ by James Chappell 1860
_The Grading of Patterns_ by Fred Brammer copyright 1941
Also by Fred Brammer, _Pattern-Making for Garment-Workers_ also copyright 1941
_Stone’s Scientific System of Grading Patterns for Men’s Garments by the Proportions of Heights and Widths of the Human Form_ by Charles Stone 1912
_Stone’s Advanced Superlative Trouser System, Based upon the Proportions of the Human Form_ by Charles Stone, 1913
_Carlstrom’s Proportions of the Human Form. A Scientific Treatise on Proportions as They Apply to Garment Construction_ by John Carlstrom 1905
_Standardisation, Simplification, Specialization in the Clothing Industry_ Bureau of Labor Statistics, Productivity and Technical Assistance Division (no date)
_V.B. Depierris & Co.’s French Rule of Proportions: Being Adapted to all the Variety of Forms and Fashions, Without the Trouble of Applying any Measuring Apparatus, or Taking but One Simple Extra Measure_. 1841 [as if the author thought the long title was insufficient to give it some class, the front matter was in French]
_Dr. Wampen’s World Renowned System of Anthropometry as Simplified and Americanized by J. Happle-Hutcheson, With His Latest Improved Set of Thirty-Six Unit Graduated Scales_ by Happle-Hutcheson 1903
_Mahan’s Protractor and Proof systems of Garment Cutting_. Francis Mahan, 1839
_Manual on True Guide to Practical Cutting Every Style of Garment to Fit the Human Form_. William Glencross 1866
_A scientific guide to practical cutting_. William Glencross 1873
_The Science of Gynametry_ by Mrs. M.V. Coleman 1887
_Clute’s Actual Measurement System and Key to Scientific Dress Making, No Pasteboard Charts, Slips, Scales or Proportionate Measures But Simply Apply These Instructions to a Tailor’s Square_ by J.Redfield Clute 1891
_The “Keystone” Systems, Coats, Vests and Trousers_ by charles Hecklinger 1903
_The Tailor’s Guide Containing Systems of Draughting Frock and Sack Coats, Pants, Vests and Shirts. With Valuable Improvements, Warranted Superior to Anything Ever Offered to the Trade_ by L.E. Cole 1868
_Divisional and Exact Measurement Systems for Garment Cutting_ by William O Linthicum 1872
_Madison’s Complete Grading System, Improved and Extended_ by James Otis Madison 1910
[Chech drafting book] _Chekhoslovat︠s︡kai︠a︡ sistema kroi︠a︡ muzhskoĭ odezhdy_ by Vladimir Konstantinovich Bychkov, 1961.
_The Science of Grading Patterns for Men’s, Boys and Children’s clothing_ by Harry Simons 1916