During the heyday of the Manual Arts and Arts & Crafts movements, there was a particular educator, folklorist and engineer by the name of Charles G. Leland.
All that folklorist stuff aside, my interest weighs heavily on his few books devoted to design and of the Arts & Crafts era. Leland is referenced in nearly every book of that era that I have read. His writings are quoted in period journal articles frequently, his titles show up with well worn covers and well thumbed interiors, speaking to the level of interest his readers accorded his works.
More on Leland at a later date, including a bibliography of his craft related titles.
While I ruminate over those annoying two plates from Martin's Circle Of The Mechanical Arts that so vex my desires for a proper and complete reprint, I'm working on the reprint of:
A Manual Of Wood Carving: Charles G. Leland, Revised by John J. Holtzapffel; Scribner's Sons, New York. 1891.
Aside from a small handful of books on cabinetmaking, I foresee books on wood carving and fretwork in the near future to be followed by camp cookery, candle making, textiles and other sundry and assorted pleasantries.
Till next, Gary