The Manual of Braiding by Noémi Speiser is no longer out-of-print!
I just bumped into this online! Apparently it has recently been reprinted by Haupt Verlag, a Swiss publishing house. This is a big change, as the book was originally self-published by Noémi Speiser.
According to the Haupt Verlag website, the book is available for 39,90€ which comes to about $45 in U.S. dollars. [but see comments below re shipping cost from Europe] The book itself is in English, but the publisher’s website is in German, so I still haven’t ferreted out how or whether it can be ordered from abroad. (Maybe a German reader can figure this out for me??? [Thank you to everyone who has left helpful comments below!])
On their website, if you click “LESEPROBE” directly underneath the image of the book’s cover, you can actually read/ see a 20-odd page excerpt from the book, including the introduction and the table of contents, which will give you a very good idea of its scope and approach.
The Manual of Braiding is Noémi Speiser’s opus on braiding – it covers every braiding technique and tradition she was aware of in the 1980’s, more than any book has covered before or since. This book is not your average ‘how to’ book, it is like a college course on braiding packed into a tight format, including a cornucopia of pictorial information stuffed into the pages as well – brain-candy rather than eye-candy. There’s a whole chapter on loop braiding, though her later book Old English Pattern Books for Loop Braiding is more complete. I have an overview of both books on my “Old English Pattern Books for Loop Braiding” info page. Both of them have been out-of-print (and hard to find used) for several years.
This is great news, so I wanted to get it out as soon as possible, but I still haven’t found out if or how the book can be ordered outside of Europe. Has anyone out there ordered it yet? Also, I have no idea what the format of the book is – the original was a large spiral-bound paperback. Is the reprint similar? It seems to be the same shape – printed in horizontal/ landscape format – judging by the images the publisher provides, but I can’t read German so don’t know if they specify the type of binding. Spiral binding might be clunky-looking, but it’s great for working from as it lies so flat when open. [Update: It’s hardback! makes me want a second copy…])
Maybe the Braid Society has already announced this reprint and I am way behind the times, but anyway I have to jump out of my blogging hiatus to share this! I’m crossing my fingers that Old English Pattern Books for Loop Braiding will be reprinted soon as well.