One day, I came across this old copy (2nd edition 1901) of Lewis F. Day's classic, Art In Needle Work and I splurged on it. The preface begins...(Imagine a gentleman at a carved, wood lectern in a victorian parlor about to pronounce a discourse on embroidery to a small salon of needleworkers of the day. At least, that's what I what I imagine.):
I included a nice, long list of my favorite books about embroidery in the resources section of Embroidered Effects.
More old men talking about embroidery in the past here.