Now here is a very odd thing.
A couple of years ago I purchased a hardbound copy of The Shuttle-Craft Book of American Hand-Weaving by Mary Meigs Atwater at a silent auction fund raiser. I refer to this book frequently, so I am familiar with it's text, drafts, and photographs.
At my guild meeting last weekend, there were some used books for sale, among them a paperback copy of The Shuttle-Craft Book of American Hand-Weaving. Being a wordy title with a different cover, I had to stop and think if this was the same book by Mary Meigs Atwater that I already had, or if it was another. I flipped through the pages, but it didn't look familiar, so I bought it.
When I got home, I went to my bookshelves to see what my other Atwater book was. I was surprised to see that it had the exact same title. A quick look at the title page revealed that both were published by The Macmillian Company and both carried an 1928 copyright date. However, they were reprintings from different years.
Feeling quite silly for purchasing a second copy of the same book, I was nonetheless puzzled as to why I hadn't recognized this. I started to compare them chapter by chapter. The two books were organized differently, but the first couple of chapters were identical. However, after that, they are not the same book!
My hardcover 1944 version, contains such chapters as:
- "The Practice of Hand-Weaving - Spinning"
- "Dressing the Loom"
- "Rug Weaving"
- "The Weaving of a Coverlet"
- "Finishing Hand-Woven Fabrics"
- "The Linen Weaves"
- "Beginner's Problems"
- "Design of the Fabric"
- "Choice of Pattern and Color"
- "Setting up the Loom"
- "Adjustments, Knots, the Tie-Up"
- "The Plain Weave"
- "The Twill Weave"
- "The Four Harness Overshot Weave"
- "Pick-Up Weaving"
The moral of the story? Don't judge a book by it's cover, or rather by it's title. I realize that newer editions of books are often updated, but this re-write seems to be more extensive than just an update.
So, I didn't exactly purchase a duplicate after all. As Ma Ingalls would say, "All's well that ends well." And I have a brand new book!
Posted 21 Feb. 2009 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com
New Loom = New Books. Right?