When I lecture about my books, I am often asked about their purpose or use.
By the mid 19th century, there were fabric swatching services available from Paris. These samples were often pasted into ledger books, along with labels to identify the print houses.
I do have a Day Book from an American mill...that shows the patterns printed each day...from 1899-1901.
|My favorite page in the Dargate Book|
Copyright Margo Krager
The Dargate Book is earlier. Susan Meller thought the samples were from the Mulhouse region of France. My feeling has always been that they are from different mills from that region because there are many different 'styles' and levels of printing skill throughout the book.
I recently came across a wonderful description of swatch books in the collection of the Jouy factory.
' a large collection of printed fabrics ...pasted into ledgers like dried plants in a herbal'....Toiles de Jouy, Riffel and Rouart....page 41.