BENJAMIN BRANHAM'S PROTRACTOR SYSTEM OF GARMET CUTTING, WITH INSTRUCTIONS IN MAKING UP; FOR THE BENEFITS OF LADIES

Huntsville, AL: Printed at the "Democratic Herald" Office, 1842. First (only?) edition. 8vo. (11) pp. 4 full-page diagrams (text on versos) that are metal cuts done from plates whose securing screw heads are evident. The title, copyright, and first page of text printed in portrait alignment, following pages of text printed in two wide columns facing each diagram. Self wrappers, stitched. Very worn, edges frayed, wanting large chips from margins that take a corner of the title page guilloche border and two inches from one edge of the final plate, moderately browned and stained, stitching loose. Title page bears the name "G.W. Johns" in ink and there are a few minor marginalia. Fragile copy of a rare, early Alabama imprint.
The first printing in the Alabama Territory dates from before 1811, but the charmingly primitive character of this little manual indicates no advancement in technique. Intended for "ladies" to use, it details and illustrates the construction of "a dress-coat, frock-coat, over-coat, vest, & pantaloons." No other copy has been located in OCLC, Ellison, Owen, Rink, American Imprints, or the NUC (723). Item #54419

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