There is a unique opportunity to acquire the following four antique tailoring journals from Jason Maclochlainn, author of The Victorian Tailor. As these are expensive volumes, I am trying to get together a group purchase. I will collect the funds, send them to Jason, and after receipt of the volumes, will photograph them in high resolution for everyone involved. For $50, you will receive a complete digital copy of all four volumes – a $1600 value. These are rare manuals, and you will be helping to preserve these works for future generations. If you have any questions, please reply to this thread.

If you are interested, please let me know in a reply to this thread. I’ll need a firm commitment by the end of this week, and will then contact you during the week with information on sending payment.

More information from Jason:

THE TAILOR AND CUTTER – AN INDEX OF CUTTING, FASHION AND TRADE and the LONDON ART JOURNAL – VOLUMES 21, 22 AND 23 – BOUND IN THREE VOLUMES.-

These Tailor and Cutters encompass the years 1886 through 1888 and include the London Art Journal and includes misc. supplements by the T&C including a special Austrailian number (vol. 22). And all these come complete with fashion plates. The Fashion plates are both black and white india on card or hand coloured with water colours on card. Bear in mind that some of the plates are folded in order to be bound and my have creases. These are my babies and I hate to let them go, but I hope they find a good home where they can be used and admired. These volumes played a major role as reference for my book, The Victorial Tailor.

The drafts included are not all mens, in fact quite a lot of the content is for women, including pelises, dolmans, riding habits and the like. Special information for the volumes. Volume 21 is jam packed with a lot of info, prolly one of their finest years for information. Volume 22 is the queens jubilee number and lots of patriotic content and also includes a special aussie supplement, and volume 23, my baby, the gem of the collection includes the first core printing of WDF Vincents T&C system just before it would be printed and bound the following year starting the T&C drafting system that would last until 1972 with the closing of the T&C.

The internals are clean and sexy, the corners of the boards are starting to round (due to moving) but the spines are tight, though the spine is starting to crack along the board on volume 22.

I also have a complete volume of the T&C’s from 1876. It does not have all the extra supplements nor fashion plates, never the less a gold mind of info from the period. for a 136 year old bound journal it is in good shape and the insides are clean.