THE GOLDEN CABINET: BEING THE LABORATORY, OR HANDMAID TO THE ARTS. CONTAINING SUCH BRANCHES OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE, AS NEARLY CONCERNS ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE, FROM THE SQUIRE TO THE PEASANT: AND WILL AFFORD BOTH PROFIT AND DELIGHT. [IN THREE PARTS].

Philadelphia: William Spotswood, and H. and P. Rice, 1793. [2],iv,iv,vi,219,[1]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.

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