THE DIER'S ASSISTANT IN THE ART OF DYING WOOL AND WOOLLEN GOODS; Extracted from the Philosophical and Chymical Works of Those Most Eminent Authors Ferguson, Dufay, Hellot, Geoffery, Colbert, and That Reputale French Dier Mons. De Julienne. Translated from the French with Additions and Practical Experiments by James Haigh, Late Silk and Muslin Dier, Leeds

Haigh, James (Editor and Translator)

Published by James Humphreys, Philadelphia, PA, 1810
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Original binding -- full period calf, measuring 7 3/8 x 4 1/2. Spine gilt-lettered, and double-ruled into five sections, the top section (only) with an extra set of decorative gilt lines. Text block darkened, with only occasional spots of foxing throughout. Wear and scuffing to extremities, but still solidly bound, with no obvious signs of repair. First translated into English and published in Leeds in 1778, this is the first U.S. printing of this very popular book on the dier's craft. Three years later an edition was issued in Poughkeepsie, NY. Mr. Haigh prefaces by touching on the laying-out, equipping and provisioning of a die-house, as well as the nature of the primary colours, going on to note that "all lasting colours are called colours of the great, and the others of the lesser die.". In keeping, Haigh has divided his compendium of dier's wisdom into three parts The first part comprises 216 pp in 29 chapters; Part II, comprising 11 chapters and t50 pp. . commences with "On the Dieing of Wool by the Lesser Die"; Part III, begins on p. 267, being entitled "Additional Articles", starts with a new Chapter I and disusses as die agents: flowers, fruits, leaves, madder, fustic, nephritic wood, logwood, the preparation of Prussian Blue, Alkanet-Root, Alum and Verdigris. The book concludes with a 17 pp. postscript, complete with its own preface, entitled: "A Hint to the Diers and Cloth-Makers, and Well Worth The Notice of The Merchant". The very last paragraph of the book reads: "The reader may be assured that what is here recited, is purely the result of the author's own experience (not theory), and part of the effects of many years study."A particularly detailed sample of the text runs: ".When this preparation is made, it is poured into a vessel filled with 250 quarts of urine; it matters not whether it be fresh or stale.the urine cast up a thick scum which was taken up with a broom and cast out of the copper. It was thus scummed at different times, till there remained a white and light scum." (P. 61). Bookseller Inventory # 72865

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Publisher: James Humphreys, Philadelphia, PA

Publication Date: 1810

Binding: Leather_bound

Book Condition:Very Good


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