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The Cotton Weaver's Handbook

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    DURING the last twenty-five years many excellent books dealing with textile subjects have been published in Germany, America, and England, but in none of them has cotton weaving been treated as Mr. Heylin treats it. His book contains 462 pages, of which 112 are blank paper, 12 sheets are blank design paper, and 326 pages are of printed matter, the latter being divided as follows:—8 pages are allotted to the index, 30 to a reprint of cotton-weaving examination questions set by the City and Guilds of London Institute, and 36 pages to pictures of textile machinery. On the remaining 252 pages there are upwards of 350 figures, but with the exception of those relating to designs, drafts, and lifting plans, the illustrations are poor. Most of them consist of pictures of machinery and appliances which are of small value to the student, and when, as in this case, they are mainly without reference letters, and inadequately described, they do little more than add to the size of the book. The following may be taken as examples of the majority of these illustrations. Fig. 350 is a picture of a smallware loom, and the descriptive matter consists of “There is a separate shuttle for each tape woven.” Fig. 357 has letters added to special meclianism, but these are not referred to. Figs. 273, 274, and 275 are perspective, edge, and plan views of ladder tape, and the only description given is that “ladder tape used for Venetian blinds is a good example of what may be done by the four-ply system of weaving.”

    The Cotton Weaver's Handbook.

    By H. B. Heylin. Pp. x+326. (London: Charles Griffin and Co., Ltd., 1908.) Price 6s. net.

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