1899 Fourth Quarter (October) of the Corticelli home needlework magazine book. There are 375 pages. Seven full colored plates. Many in black and white. Several lessons on shading of flowers and leaves, such as the Daisy, Holly berry and Chrysanthemum.
It is noted, stamped goods could be purchased, or patterns hand drawn, using the instructions for completing the embroidery work. Most all are doilies of favorites flowers, leaves, ferns etc. A few hand towels plus stamped goods for toss pillows
I always find these old books extremely interesting for the marvelous fancy work projects offered. Several noteworthy pages are the "Clipping Book", solely to store newspaper clipping for the ease of finding. (Yes, people then, did save newspaper clippings). Offered, too, a hand made autograph album, photo album or picture frames. Any of these can be intriguing.
Included are a few pages of Battenburg lace doilies patterns. If fashion is of interested there are a number of pages previewing women clothing for the fall of 1899. Walking suits, skirts and blouses.
This engaging book certainly would be one for a bookshelf.
Condition: Considering the age, very nice. As you note from photos, the covers do have some corner tears. Inside cover has a few penciled numbers. Pages are good.