This is a very detailed and all comprehensive book on "Weaving, Spinning, and Dyeing." It is packed with technical drawings that are mostly geared toward Native American craft; yet it also shows other traditional methods and equipment.
On the historic part of the book we learn that the existing spinning devices of the time of Leonardo Da Vinci had a drawback of having to stop on each spun length and wrap it around a spindle. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the "Flyer". With this the spun yarn could be taken up at the same time as the spinning. However his invention was not used until 1530.
We also find that even this book has some interesting outdated history of interest. In the spinning section, under hair fibers they describe "Quivit" as Musk Ox hair that is not available to any but the natives of Alaska. Yet I have quit a bit and it is readily available.
There are several detailed pages on how to set up spinning wheels of different types. The book alone is worth knowing descriptions, such as Woolen vs. Worsted.