The Structure of the Wool Fibre

Frontispiece from The Structure of the Wool Fibre
Adoption Amount: $850
Category: Preserve for the Future
Location: National Museum of American History Library

The structure of the wool fibre and its relation to the use of wool for technical purposes

By Frederic Hungerford Bowman. London: Macmillan, 1908.

F. H. Bowman’s The Structure of the Wool Fibre and Its Relation to the Use of Wool for Technical Purposes is a seminal text in the history of vocational and technical education in Great Britain and here in the United States. This book is part of a series that, for the first time, examined fibers and their scientific properties, and how those properties could be applied to manufacture and industry. The Structure of the Wool Fibre contains 78 illustrations, some of which are in color, such as the lovely frontispiece pictured. Its chapters cover a wide range of topics, including varieties of sheep and goats, classification of yarn, and theory of dyeing and colour. Books like this provide essential information in support of the detailed study of textiles in the collections of the National Museum of American History.

Condition and Treatment: 

This book describes both the chemical and physical structure of wool. It has a publisher's binding with red and black printed decoration. Horizontal lines of red and black at the top and bottom of the covers and a microscope view of two strands of wool in the center of the upper board. The sewing of the book has broken in the center and the book needs to be resewn. Once it is resewn, it will be put back into its original case.

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