RARE 1795 SEWING SAMPLER BOOKEARLY EDUCATION. ZEICHEN-MAHLER UND STICKERBUCH zur Selbstbelehrung fur Damen [Self Study Book of Drawing, Painting and Embroidery for Ladies] welche sich mit diesen kusten beschastigen. Mit 48 Kupfertafeln und einum Tasset mit Seide und Gold gestickten Modelltuche. Leipzig: Voss Und Compagnie 1795. First edition. Oblong folio, [1-3] 4-38, I-XXIV leaves in 2 states (i.e.48 leaves) 17" wide x 10 1/2" high, contemporary half calf, part of original blue wrapper on edge of title. Tiny hole in last few leaves, fine and unused. Published to teach the art of embroidering to females, old and young alike, each copperplate is present in two states, and is composed of a variety of floral patterns and neo-classical designs. The hand-colored plate is meant to be used as a guide for silk and metal wrapped threads and the black and white plate is the actual sheet to be used for sewing. A thin piece of silk is placed over the black and white copperplate so that the design is still visible. The woman would then sew through both the silk and the paper using threads according to the hand-colored guide sheet. Plate XXI has been completed as a sample for the user, bound in after the title. It has been entirely sewn in colors and is a magnificent piece of handwork. One unnumbered plate of perforated designs is bound in after this plate. In addition to this book, Netto also wrote a book of designs for knitting and another book of household hints. This is a rare museum quality educational work with only 3 other copies in World Cat at the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume History Library (NYC) and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek Den Haag (Holland).