St. Petersburg: Izdaniye T-va A.F. Marks, . Item #1106
72,  pp., 1 folding plate, 4 tables: ill. 23.8x16.4 cm. In original illustrated publisher’s wrappers. Soiling and light foxing of the wrappers, spine slightly rubbed, rear wrapper and 2 tables lack small pieces (no text affected). Otherwise in a good condition.
Scarce. Fourth edition. First, second, and third editions published in 1909, 1910, and 1911 respectively. ONE OF THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE RUSSIAN MANUALS ON SHOEMAKING.
This fourth edition of the ABC of shoemaking at home was printed by Alexandra Shulgovskaya (1840-1918) in 1911. The publication was intended to fill a large gap in technical literature, in which there was not a single manual for affordable shoemaking (Shulgovskaya, preface). In the book, the author offers a detailed review of the updated shoemaking process that implied complete abandonment of sewing, and instead suggested the use of nails. The handbook elucidates each and every step of the art of shoemaking from taking foot measurements and pattern making to shoe production and attaching heels. The edition concentrates on men’s, women’s, and children’s footwear and describes preparation of insoles for open toe shoes, high boots, leather insoles, etc. The edition is amply illustrated and features 4 tables showing samples of women’s, men’s, and children’s footwear popular at that time. There is also 1 folding scheme depicting sketches of women’s and children’s boots, measurements, as well as instruments. Separate chapters are dedicated to shoe repair, fixing mistakes, instruments, materials, and negative effects of wearing ill-fitting shoes.
Alexandra Shulgovskaya was a Russian translator and a longtime employee of the A. Marx publishing house and the Niva magazine, where she edited the supplement to the Parizhskaya moda [i.e. Parisian Fashion] magazine. Shulgovskaya is primarily known as the translator of J. Milton’s poems Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained (St. Petersburg, 1878) and as the author of one of the most successful manuals on shoemaking that endured multiple editions - ‘A Guide to Creating Simple and Elegant Shoes for Women, Men, and Children at Home, Based on a New, Easy, and Fast Method’.
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