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My Library

Here is the somewhat current list of books in my library. New listings in bold.

Subjects:

Costuming in the Medieval and Renaissance Period

Costuming in the 18th Century

Costuming in Other Periods

General Sewing Books

Medieval and Renaissance History and Culture

18th Century History and Culture

English and Scottish Royalty

The Medici

Medieval and Renaissance Architecture

Medieval and Renaissance Furniture

Language

Living History and Persona Development

Genealogy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Costuming in the Medieval and Renaissance period:

Tailor's Pattern Book 1589 by Juan de Alcega

Hispanic Costume: 1480-1530 by Ruth Matilda Anderson

Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd by Janet Arnold

Patterns of Fashion: The cut and construction of clothes for men and women c1560-1620 by Janet Arnold

A Visual History of Costume: The Sixteenth Century by Jane Ashelford

Abbigliamento e Costume nella Pittura Italiana: Rinascimento by Carlo Bestetti

English Costume of the Later Middle Ages by Iris Brooke

English Costume in the Age of Elizabeth by Iris Brooke

Handbook of English Mediaeval Costume by C. Willett Cunnington and Phillis Cunnington

Handbook of English Costume in the 16th Century by C. Willett Cunnington and Phillis Cunnington

Medieval Costume and How to Recreate It by Dorothy Hartley

Dress at the Court of King Henry VIII by Maria Hayward

Renaissance Dress in Italy 1400-1500 by Jacqueline Herald

Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women's Dress, Medieval-1500 by Jean Hunnisett

Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women's Dress 1500-1800 by Jean Hunnisett

English Dress in the Age of Shakepeare by Virginia A. LaMar

The Well Dress'd Peasant: 16th Century Flemish Workingwomen's Dress by Drea Leed

The Tudor Tailor by Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies

Medieval Clothing and Textiles edited by Robin Netherton and Gale R. Owen-Crocker

Moda a Firenze 1540-1580 by Bruna Niccoli & Roberta Orsi Landini

Medieval Costume and Fashion by Herbert Norris

Tudor Costume and Fashion by Herbert Norris

Reading the Portraits of Queen Elizabeth I by Elizabeth W. Pomeroy

A Visual History of Costume: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries by Margaret Scott

Medieval Dress & Fashion by Margaret Scott

Costume Reference 1: Roman Britain and the Middle Ages by Marion Sichel

Costume Reference 2: Tudors and Elizabethans by Marion Sichel

Medieval Tailor's Assistant: Making Common Garments 1200-1500 by Sarah Thursfield

Elizabethan Costuming for the Years 1550-1580 by Janet Winter & Carolyn Savoy

Paper doll and coloring books

Henry VIII & His Wives: Paper Dolls to Color by Bellerphon Books

Queen Elizabeth I: Paper Dolls to Color by Bellerphon Books

Costuming in the 18th Century:

Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwomen's dresses and their construction c1660-1860 by Janet Arnold

Costume Close-up: Clothing Construction and Pattern 1750-1790 by Linda Baumgarten & John Watson

Eighteenth-Century Clothing at Williamsburg by Linda Baumgarten

What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America by Linda Baumgarten

Abbigliamento e Costume nella Pittura Italiana: Barocco-Impeto by Carlo Bestetti

Costume in Detail: Women's Dress 1730-1930 by Nancy Bradfield

Fitting and Proper by Sharon Ann Burnston

Handbook of English Costume in the 18th Century by C. Willett Cunnington and Phillis Cunnington

Tidings From the 18th Century by Beth Gilgun

Historical Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries by Avril Hart and Susan North

Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women's Dress 1500-1800 by Jean Hunnisett

Textiles for Colonial Clothing by Sally A. Queen

Whatever Shall I Wear?: A Guide to Assembling a Woman's Basic 18th Century Wardrobe by Mara Riley

Costuming in Other Periods:

Patterns of Fashion 1: Englishwomen's dresses and their construction c1660-1860 by Janet Arnold

Patterns of Fashion 2: Englishwomen's dresses and their construction c1860-1940 by Janet Arnold

Abbigliamento e Costume nella Pittura Italiana: Rinascimento by Carlo Bestetti

Abbigliamento e Costume nella Pittura Italiana: Barocco-Impeto by Carlo Bestetti

Costume in Detail: Women's Dress 1730-1930 by Nancy Bradfield

The History of Underclothes by C. Willett Cunnington and Phillis Cunnington

Patterns for Theatrical Costumes: Garments, Trims and Accessories from Ancient Egypt to 1915 by Katherine Strand Holkeboer

The Little Bodice Book by Bonnie Holt Ambrose

The Little Corset Book by Bonnie Holt Ambrose

Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women's Dress 1800-1909 by Jean Hunnisett

The Costume Technician's Handbook by Rosemary Ingham & Liz Covey

A History of Costume by Carl Kohler

Costume 1066-1990s by John Peacock

The Visual History of Costume by Aileen Ribeiro and Valerie Cumming

The Corset: A Cultural History by Valerie Steele

Costume Construction by Katherine Strand-Evans

Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh

English Costume from the Second Century B.C. to 1960 by Doreen Yarwood

European Costume: 4000 Years of Fashion by Doreen Yarwood

I have a bunch of books on fashions from the 40's but I have not catalogued them yet.

And then there are all the paper doll books by Tom Tierney.

Paper Doll and Coloring Books:

Henry VIII & His Wives: Paper Dolls to Color by Bellerphon Books

Queen Elizabeth I: Paper Dolls to Color by Bellerphon Books

General Sewing Books:

Jackets for Real People by Marta Alto, Susan Neall, and Pati Palmer

Bridal Gowns by Susan E. Andriks

Encyclopedia of Sewing Machine Techniques by Nancy Bednar & JoAnn Pugh-Gannon

Making Patterns from Finished Clothes by Rusty Bensussen

Power Sewing Step-by-Step by Sandra Betzina

Fabric Savvy by Sandra Betzina

Fast Fit by Sandra Betzina

Senational Silk by Gail Brown

Sew a Beautiful Wedding by Gail Brown and Karen Dillon

Heirloom Sewing for Women by Martha Campbell Pullen, Ph. D.

The Complete Book of Sewing - DK Publishing

Heirloom Machine Quilting by Harriet Hargrave

Serger Secrets edited by Susan Huxley

Draping for Apparel Design by Helen Joseph-Armstrong

Bridal Couture by Susan Khalje

Fine Machine Sewing: Easy Ways to Get the Look of Hand Finishing & Embellishing by Carol Laflin Ahles

Patternless Fashions by Diehl Lewis and May Loh

Easy, Easier, Easiest Tailoring by Pati Palmer & Susan Pletsch (the original)

Fit for Real People by Pati Palmer & Marta Alto

Mother Pletsch's Painless Sewing with Pretty Pati's Perfect Pattern Primer by Pati Palmer and Susan Pletsch

Pants for Any Body by Pati Palmer and Susan Pletsch (the original)

Pants for Real People by Pati Palmer & Marta Alto

Beautiful Bullion: The Complete Guide to Bullion Embroidery by Leisa Pownall

Complete Guide to Sewing - Reader's Digest

Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer

High Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World's Best Designers by Claire B. Shaeffer

The Complete Photo Guide to Sewing - Singer

Sewing for Special Occasions - Singer

Pattern Drafting for Dressmaking by Pamela C. Stringer

Sew Big! by Marilyn Thelen

Vogue Sewing

The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff

Fitting Finesse by Nancy Zieman


These are books on period sewing techniques - 18th century, but I am sure the techniques apply to earlier time periods.

A Lady's Guide to Plain Sewing, Book I by A Lady
A Lady's Guide to Plain Sewing, Book II by A Lady
The Workman's Guide to Tailoring Stitches and Techniques
The above three books are available here:
http://www.kannikskorner.com/books3.htm

Medieval and Renaissance History and Culture:

Bronzino by Maurice Brock

Renaissance Art: Masterpieces in Painting, Sculpture and Architecture by Cristina Bucci and Susanna Buricchi

The Poetics of Portraiture in the Italian Renaissance by Jodi Cranston

Medieval Celebrations by Daniel Diehl and Mark Donnelly

The Writer's Guide to: Everyday Life in Renaissance England: From 1485-1649 by Kathy Lynn Emerson

Shakespeare'e England by Levi Fox

Life in a Medieval City by Joseph and Frances Gies

History of Scotland by Cliff Hanley

The Making of England 55 B.C. to 1399 (History of England, Vol. 1) by C. Warren Hollister

This Realm of England 1399 to 1688 (History of England, Vol. 2) by Lacey Baldwin Smith

Terry Jones' Medieval Lives by Terry Jones and Alan Ereira

The Writer's Guide to: Everyday Life in the Middle Ages: The Britsh Isles from 500 to 1500 by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Highlanders - A History of the Scottish Clans by Fitzroy Maclean

Elizabeth's London by Liza Picard

Daily Life in Holland in the Year 1566 by Rien Poortvliet

The Honest Courtesan by Margaret E. Rosenthal

The Elizabethan Renaissance: The Cultural Achievement by A.L. Rowse

The Elizabethan Renaissance: The Life of the Society by A.L. Rowse

The England of Elizabeth by A.L. Rowse

Daily Life in Elizabethan England by Jeffrey L. Singman

Volume 1: Sources of English Constitutional History: A Selection of Documents from A.D. 600 to the Interregnum by Carl Stephenson and Frederick George Marcham

What Life Was Like Amid Splendor and Intrigue: Byzantine Empire AD330-1453 by Time-Life Books

What Life Was Like Among Druid and High Kings: Celtic Ireland AD400-1200 by Time-Life Books

What Life Was Like When Longships Sailed: Vikings AD 800-1100 by Time-Life Books

What Life Was Like in the Age of Chivalry: Medieval Europe AD800-1500 by Time-Life Books

What Life was Like at the Rebirth of Genius: Renaissace Italy AD1400-1550 by Time-Life Books

What Life was Like in Europe's Golden Age: Northern Europe AD1500-1675 by Time-Life Books

What Life was Like in the Realm of Elizabeth: England AD1533-1603 by Time-Life Books

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman

18th Century History and Culture

Home Life in Colonial Days by Alice Morse Earle

The Writer's Guide to: Everyday Life in Colonial America: From 1607-1783 by Dale Taylor

What Life was Like During the Age of Reason: France AD 1660-1800 by Time-Life Books

English and Scottish Royalty:

Elizabeth I - Ruler and Legend by Clark Hulse - exhibition companion

The Kings and Queens of England and Scotland by Plantagenet Somerset Fry

Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII by David Starkey

Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne by David Starkey

The Kings and Queens of Great Britain: A Genealogical Chart Showing Their Descent and Relationships - compiled by Anne Taute, edited by John Brooke-Little

Henry VIII: The King and His Court by Alison Weir

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir

The Medici:

The Medici: Story of a European Dynasty by Franco Cesati

Uffizi Gallery: Art, History, Collections - edited by Gloria Fossi

Masters of Florence: Glory & Genius at the Court of the Medici - curated by Annamaria Giusti - exhibition catalog

The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall by Christopher Hibbert

Medici Women: Portraits of Power, Love and Betrayal by Gabrielle Langdon

Medici Money: Banking, Metaphysics and Art in Fifteen Century Florence by Tim Parks

The Medici: The Golden Age of Collecting by Massimo Winspeare

Medieval and Renaissance Architecture:

The Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland from the Twelfth to the Eighteenth Century by David MacGibbon and Thomas Ross
It is very old and no longer under copyright and as of March 7, 2007, 4 of the 5 volumes are available for downloading here.
http://www.archive.org/details/castellateddomes01macguoft
http://www.archive.org/details/castellateddomes02macguoft
http://www.archive.org/details/castellateddomes03macguoft
http://www.archive.org/details/castellateddomes05macguoft

The Castle Explorer's Guide by Frank Bottomley

Castles: A History and Guide by R. Allen Brown

Dartington Hall by Anthony Emery

The Castles and Keeps of Scotland by Frank Roy Fraprie

Castle by David Macaulay

The Medieval Castle in Scotland by W. Mackay Mackenzie

The Castles of Glasgow and the Clyde by Gordon W. Mason

Castles: Their Construction and History by Sidney Toy

Tales and Traditions of Scottish Castles by Nigel Tranter

The English Mediaeval House by Margaret Wood

Medieval and Renaissance Furniture:

Constructing Medieval Furniture: Plans and Instructions With Historical Notes by Daniel Diehl

Medieval Furniture: Plans and Instructions for Historical Reproductions by Daniel Diehl and Mark Donnelly

Language:

The Bard's English by Wayne Anderson

Speaking the Speeche by Laura Crockett

Trippingly on the Tongue by Laura Crockett

Words of Course by Laura Crockett

Living History and Persona Development:

A Living History Reader: Volume One: Museums by Jay Anderson

The Living History Soucebook by Jay Anderson

Time Machines: The World of Living History by Jay Anderson

Exploring Museum Theatre by Tessa Bridal

Creating Personas by Laura Crockett

Living History by Philipp J.C. Elliot-Wright

Acting Interactive Theatre: a Handbook by Gary Izzo

The Art of Play: the New Genre of Interactive Theatre by Gary Izzo

Living History Museum: Undoing History through Performance by Scott Magelssen

Past into Present: Effective Techniques for First Person Historical Interpretation by Stacy F. Roth

Interpreting Our Heritage by Freeman Tilden

Genealogy:

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry by Kathleen B. Cory

Scottish Clan and Family Names: Their Arms, Origins and Tartans by Roddy Martine

Bartholomew's Scotland of Old: Clan Names Map by the late Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that ilk

Tartan for Me! (6th edition) by Philip D. Smith (considered out of date)

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