I've been searching (and, by searching, I mean lazily browsing) for some good knitting pattern books. Quite by accident I came across these Barbara G. Walker's Treasury of Knitting Patterns books on ebay and- by some stroke of luck- was able to 'win' them both for the price of what one costs on Amazon.
The first Treasury book is an absolute gem. I found it to be easy to follow (and I'm a relative newb to knitting... a knitting knewb) and the stitches within are the same pay-to-purchase-patterns that I've lusted after on Ravelry. Honestly, I feel any additional stitch pattern books would be superfluous now that I have these in my library.
As a bonus, I think they look quite nice on my bookshelf ;-)