If you think you're getting a book of clip art you can actually use, don't buy this book. I've been buying Pepin Press books for years and their image usage policy keeps changing and not for the better. When you open this book, you're greeted with the message "For Permission to use images in this book and CD-ROM, please contact the publsihers. Unauthorized use will be subject to legal proceedings, and the charging of all costs involved and a penalty." As a graphic designer, I'm only allowed to use the images in this book for non-commercial use or very small scale commercial use. If I wanted to use an image in a book for example, I couldn't. Permission from Pepin Press is required for use in any item that is not a brochure (i.e., books), "large-scale commercial use" (i.e. books), "the decoration of luxury goods", and "major advertising campaigns." So basically you can use the images in this book to make decoupage or flyers for your kids school. Otherwise you have to ask for permission, and pay to use the images.
This collection of 19th century "patterns" sounds more grandiose than it is. The images are mostly mediocre steel engravings of things like silverware and ironwork rather than patterns. You can easily find the same material in Dover books and there are NO permissions required to use Dover books images. I recently contacted Pepin Press to get permission to use one of their images in a book and it cost over $250. That's a lot of money to pay someone for public domain material.
If you're a crafter, you have no issues because you can use this book any way you like for personal projects. I'm guessing the main market for this book is graphic designers and by nature, our work is commercial, so this book, and Pepin's other books, are problematic. If you can find older, used copies of many of Pepin's books, their licenses used to have no restrictions on them so I would encourage fellow designers to seek out Pepin's books prior to 2007 which were more lenient.
For the price you may have to pay Pepin Press to use one image in a book, it may be cheaper to just buy an original 19th century book and scan the image out of it, or buy a Dover book, or go to istockphoto.com or clipart.com.
Pepin Press IMHO is moving in the wrong direction with their products and every potential buyer should be aware that the book and disc you're buying don't give you the usage rights you may think you're getting. Caveat Emptor.