I don't know if @TimberTim
will get back to us about his book recommendation, so I did a little research of my own. To remind you, all of the books on Project Gutenberg are in the public domain, free for anyone to download, copy, share, read, and use.
Here is a search of woodworking books on Project Gutenberg:
The first two books in the list were downloaded the most times, but I was not interested:
* The Mechanical Properties of Wood by Samuel J. Record
This book is a very academic presentation of the properties of wood. It is full of formulas, charts and tables of the results of all kinds of testing to determine breaking points, etc. There is good information here about wood and its properties, but this book is drier than sawdust. I prefer the online wood database for this sort of information, although the book dives very deep.
Recommended Alternate: The online Wood Database - https://www.wood-database.com
* Woodworking Tools 1600-1900 by Peter C. Welsh
This was written in 1966 by Peter C. Welsh, a curator at the Smithsonian. It is a US government publication. It reviews the evolution of woodworking hand tools. If you are interested in old hand tools, this book might
be for you. It is a history of changes in hand tool design, not a guide on how to use the hand tools you have.
This book is the one I am betting that TimberTim wanted to recommend, but it is just a guess, nothing more:
* RECOMMENDED: Woodwork Joints: How They Are Set Out, How Made and Where Used. by William Fairham
This is the first book in the list that really caught my interest. It has excellent illustrations of various woodworking joints that we use today. Written in 1920 (but with two later illustrations up to 1929), it would be just as good if it had a 2019 copyright. Nothing in it would look unfamiliar to any of us, other than the fact that they expect hand tools, and we have the option to make the same joints with power tools.
Look at the search link above, and see if any of the other woodworking books on Project Gutenberg might interest you. The price is right. :-)