Lace, Its Origin and History : Samuel L. Goldenberg

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Lace, Its Origin and History :  by  Samuel L. Goldenberg

Lace, Its Origin and History : by Samuel L. Goldenberg
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I have here only a nosegay of culled flowers, and have brought nothing of my own but the thread that ties them together.—Montaigne.The task of the author of this work has not been an attempt to brush the dust of ages from the early history of laceMoreI have here only a nosegay of culled flowers, and have brought nothing of my own but the thread that ties them together.—Montaigne.The task of the author of this work has not been an attempt to brush the dust of ages from the early history of lace in the hope of contributing to the worlds store of knowledge on the subject.

His purpose, rather, has been to present to those whose relation to lace is primarily a commercial one a compendium that may, perchance, in times of doubt, serve as a practical guide.Though this plan has been adhered to as closely as possible, the history of lace is so interwoven with lifes comedies and tragedies, extending back over five centuries, that there must be, here and there in the following pages, a reminiscent tinge of this association.Lace is, in fact, so indelibly associated with the chalets perched high on mountain tops, with little cottages in the valleys of the Appenines and Pyrenees, with sequestered convents in provincial France, with the raiment of men and women whose names loom large in the history of the world, and the futile as well as the successful efforts of inventors to relieve tired eyes and weary fingers, that, no matter how one attempts to treat the subject, it must be colored now and again with the hues of many peoples of many periods.The author, in avowing his purpose to give this work a practical cast, does not wish to be understood as minimizing the importance of any of the standard works compiled by those whose years of study and research among ancient volumes and musty manuscripts in many tongues have been a labor of love.

Rather would he pay the meed of tribute to those who have preserved to posterity the facts bearing upon the early history of lace, which have been garnered with such great care.Nevertheless, most of these works, necessarily voluminous and replete with detail, are more for the connoisseur or dilettante than for the busy man of affairs upon whom the practical aspect of lace, quite dissociated from the romance in which it is steeped, always forces itself.It is for men of this type, and with no little misgiving, and a full appreciation of how far short of his ideal the volume must be, that the author has undertaken the compilation of this work.Samuel L.

Goldenberg.



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