Tuesday, February 26, 2013

American Samplers

Greetings to all on a very dreary Ohio February day.  I think Ohio is famous for dreary Februarys.   I probably should not complain, as we are going to miss the second midwest blizzard.

I thought I would share with you one of my most prized possessions... an original 1921 copy of Bolton and Coe's American Samplers.  Although it has a library stamp, this is the first edition published by the Colonial Dames of Massachusetts.  Those of you who are sampler lovers will know how much I treasure this book.

About 20 years ago, long before the advent of searching online for old books,  I was walking by the used book store in town, on my birthday, no less, and there is was in the front window for $15.00!  I think I had heart palpitations while I rushed inside to buy it!   The cover was in wonderful condition until my darling kittens tore at the paper photo...needless to say, I no longer have it on display.

I have another 1973 hardback copy that I use for reference and to read, as the old copy has all the original papers protecting the photos.

Hugs to all,


  1. Isn't it wonderful when you come across such a prized book by chance? Too bad your kittens damaged the cover, but it's still a treasure!

  2. Oh my what a treasure and what a birthday present!

  3. Now that was a wonderful birthday surprise.Sorry the kitties were bad and damaged the cover.Thanks so much for sharing your treasure.Hugs,Jen

  4. Melinda, What a wonderful find. I do agree with you in regards to Ohio winters...dreary and blah.

  5. Melinda ~
    Great find!
    It's been raining buckets "up north" today. If it was a bit colder, we'd be knee deep in snow. I'm SO GLAD it's not.
    Hugs :)

  6. Oh my! What a find!
    I have been accumulating some books on samplers lately. Iove to read the history behind them.

  7. I collect books on samplers and any form of needlework and it is a great feeling when you come across one you have been after.