The full title of this book is Cours complet d'enseignement professionnel de la Coupe du Corset
Book Index/Chapter headings
Prise des mesures. Tableau des proportions
Lignes de construction
Corset droit en 4 pièces
Corset droit en 6 pièces
Corset droit en 7 pièces
Corset tricot en 3 pièces
Corset médical en 2 pièces
Corset Louis XV en 9 pièces, avec goussets
Corset orthopédique en 6 pièces
Corset Louis XVI en 8 pièces
Corset-gaine en 6 pièces
Corset-gaine en 7 pièces
Corset-gaine en 8 pièces
Corset-gaine en 9 pièces, avec goussets
Corset soutien-gorge en 9 pièces
Soutien-gorge en 5 pièces
Soutien-gorge en 6 pièces, pour tailles fortes
Ceinture en 8 pièces
Ceinture en 10 pièces
Corset tailleur en 7 pièces
Corset de grossesse
Corset de fillette en 6 pièces
Baleinage et assemblage des corsets
Roughly translated, that's
Making Measurements. Table of Proportions
Straight Corset in 4 pieces
Straight Corset in 6 pieces
Straight Corset in 7 pieces
Elastic Corset in 2 pieces
Medical Corset in 2 pieces
Corset Louis XV in 9 pieces, with gussets
Orthopedic corset in 6 pieces
Corset Louis XVI in 8 pieces
Corset-sheath in 6 pieces
Corset-sheath in 7 pieces
Corset-sheath 8 pieces
Corset-sheath in 9 pieces, with gussets
Corselette in 9 pieces
Bra in 5 pieces
Bra in 6 pieces for plus sizes
Girdle in 8 pieces
Girdle in 10 pieces
Tailored corset in 7 pieces
Girl's corset in 6 pieces
Assembly and boning of corsets
PaperBack or HardBound?
Does this book have clear illustrations or photographs?
Yes. Line drawings, done by hand. Some of the hand written captions are difficult to read, though.
The photo of the embossed leather cover is difficult to read, but this is of no consequence.
No illustrations of the finished garments are provided, besides the example patterns,. I'm not quite sure what the difference between a "Corset droit" and a "Corset gaine" is.
Would you recommend this book as a MUST HAVE?
So far it appears to be unique-- detailed technical drawings of how to construct made to measure corsets of the period 1910-11, the era of the straight front or hygenique corset. Various historical corsets are also presented. However, hourglass corsets of the mid to late 19th century appear to be completely absent, as they were both unfashionable and not necessarily conducive to good health (anti-hygenique). The historical examples may not be completely accurate.
I have never seen a book like it. If you are all interested in the period, it is a must have. However. it is in French, albeit a technical French with few words, easily mastered. It might be worth a try if you are familiar with pattern design, and can follow along the French version of "Patternmaking Step By Step," Lucia Mors de Castro's trilingual patternmaking manual.
There is no English translation provided, and Google Translate may not be all that helpful.