Philadelphia: William Spotswood, and H. and P. Rice, 1793. ,iv,iv,vi,219,pp. 12mo. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, leather label. Extremities rubbed, boards slightly bowed. Contemporary inscriptions on rear pastedown. Text lightly tanned. About very good. Item #WRCAM40407
Presumed first American edition, likely reprinted from an English text. The second and third parts have separate title-leaves and tables of contents. Illustrated with one wood engraving in the text at page 70 and a graph at page 125. Features much practical knowledge on many topics, including information on gilding, silvering, bronzing, japaning, lacquering, and staining substances; instructions on drawing, etching, mixing colors, varnishing, dying, manufacturing and adulterating wines and artificial wines, hair and skin care, making inks and waxes; the nature and composition of glass; and how to counterfeit gems of every kind. The third section, on making artificial jewels from glass, is particularly interesting. The final text leaf also contains a list of titles available from booksellers H. & P. Rice. Scarce. EVANS 25551. RINK 151.