Crafts & Hobbies

Exercises in Knitting

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Cornelia Mee

Mrs. Mee, her husband, and her sister ran a yarn and needlework import/warehouse business in Bath, England. Her books primarily contain prac…

Anleitung zur Zimmer-Gärtnerei

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Max Jubisch

In seiner 1880 erschienenen Anleitung zur Zimmer-Gärtnerei gibt Max Alfred Jubisch leicht verständliche Ratschläge zur richti…

The Exploits and Triumphs, in Europe, of Paul Morphy, the Chess Champion

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Frederick Milnes Edge

Paul Morphy, born in New Orleans in 1837, was considered the greatest chess player of his era. He was a child prodigy who learned playing ch…

Enquire Within Upon Everything

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Robert Kemp Philp

Enquire Within Upon Everything was a book of how to do things in domestic life It was first published in 1856 by Houlston and Sons of Patern…

Maccabe's Art of Ventriloquism and Vocal Illusions

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Frederic Maccabe

This manual offers instructions on how to become a ventriloquist. Starting out from a general introduction of ventriloquism, it explains how…

The Lost Art of Reading

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Gerald Stanley Lee

Gerald Stanley Lee speaks here-in of books and self in the time of factories, tall buildings and industry and big city making, the effects o…

The Mary Frances Knitting and Crocheting Book

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Jane Eayre Fryer

Mary Frances is a little girl whose Aunt Maria intends to teach her to knit and crochet, but she's very strict and demanding. It's a good th…

The Story of a Loaf of Bread

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Thomas Barlow Wood

According to the author in the preface, he has "ventured to write this little book with some diffidence, for it deals with farming, mil…

Blottentots and How to Make Them

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John Prosper Carmel

This is very short, but it is a book with lots of pictures, and it will be even better if you can look at the pictures in the book at http:/…

Der Korbmacher

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Carl Schmied

Der Korbmacher oder vollständige Anleitung alle Korbgattungen, sowohl grobe als feine, zu machen und die letzteren durch allerlei Verzi…

Games for Hallow-e'en

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Mary E. Blain

This charming book starts with a brief history of Hallowe'en. There are sample invitations for a Halloween (or Hallowe'en) party, decoration…

The Theory and Practice of Brewing

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Michael Combrune

This is an elaborate treatise on how to brew beer. That art is as noble today as it was in 1761, when this book was first published, and Mr.…

The London and Country Brewer

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The unknown author of this book, appears to have experienced too many unwholesome and unpleasant beers and ales on his numerous travels in L…

The Artist

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B. F. Gandee

The Artist, or Young Ladies' Instructor in Ornamental Painting, Drawing etc. is a delightful art instruction book from 1835. Follow Charlott…

An Angler's Hours

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Hugh Tempest Sheringham

One of the classic British books about angling. The author’s love was fly fishing—“…while there are trout, life is worth living…” but he was…

Homecraft Rugs: Their Historic Background, Romance of Stitchery and Method of M…

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Lydia Le Baron Walker

A tour de force of the history, construction, preservation, and beauty of all types of rugs, with chapters on braided, needlepoint, woven, c…

Stamp Collecting as a Pastime

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Edward J. Nankivell

Edward J. Nankivell was an early stamp collector in England. In this book he describes the hobby of stamp collecting. He was the editor of t…

The American Bee Journal. Vol. XVII, No. 11, Mar. 16, 1881

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The American Bee Journal is the “oldest bee paper in America established in 1861 devoted to scientific bee-culture and the production and sa…

Wood Finishing: Comprising Staining, Varnishing and Polishing

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Paul Nooncree Hasluck

This Handbook contains, in a form convenient for everyday use, a comprehensive digest of the knowledge of staining, varnishing and polishing…

A Select Collection of Valuable and Curious Arts and Interesting Experiments

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This collection of projects and experiments was submitted by Rufus Tuttle, following an Act of Congress promoting education and learning. Th…

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