If you want to look for period needlework patterns and antique literature here are few links that are just recently scanned for download. More and more of 19th century books are coming online. They are public domain for the most part but did you know that clothing designers often get inspiration from antique patterns? If you find public domain scans that are available for download, I would recommend you save them for reference on your own computer. They may not be there tomorrow.
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Godey's Lady's BookGodey's Lady's Book was an American women's magazine published in the 19th century.
Publication HistoryGodey's Lady's Book began in 1830 as The Lady's Book. "Godey's" was added to the title around 1840. It was also known as "Godey's Magazine", using that name exclusively in its last few years. It ceased publication in 1898, and was absorbed by The Puritan.
Persistent Archives of Complete Issues
- 1830-1838: HathiTrust has volumes 1-17, scanned from copies at Princeton University.
- 1831-1836, 1839-1844, 1847-1859, 1861-1873, 1875-1878, 1889, 1894-1897: HathiTrust has volumes 2-6, 9-13, 18, 20-28, 34-38, 40-59, 62-87, 91-97, 118-119, 128, part of 130, 132, 133, 135, and part of 136, scanned from the New York Public Library and the University of Michigan. Some gaps in this range are covered above and below.
- 1851: Project Gutenberg has illustrated transcriptions of a couple of issues from volume 42.
- 1874: HathiTrust has volume 88, covering January-June 1874.
- 1874: HathiTrust has volume 89, covering July-December 1874.
- 1880: The Internet Archive has volume 100, covering January-June 1880.
- 1880: The Internet Archive has volume 101, covering July-December 1880.
www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/ Many early patterns for crochet, embroidery and knitting
http://archive.org/ Another searchable database of Godeys