Boston: Published by J. Norman, 1814. ,xiv,179pp. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, leather label. Binding moderately rubbed, ink stamps on fore- edges. Contemporary ownership inscription on titlepage; top corner of titlepage torn away with no loss of text. Light foxing and soiling. Good plus. Item #WRCAM54263
An interesting compendium of trade secrets covering most fields of endeavor. Includes advice on engraving in aquatint, engraving on wood, engraving and etching on copper, printing, brewing, making pottery, etc. Contains recipes for making different kinds of varnish, glue, ink, and vinegars, and "a wash to clean pictures," with various essays on rural and domestic economy, as well as a section on the manufacture of glass. Emblematic of the early 19th-century movement to encourage American manufactures. John Norman published another book the same year with the same information and a slightly different title, THE ARTISTS COMPANION, AND MANUFACTURERS GUIDE.... Norman is best known for his pioneering engraving in Boston, so his discussions of aquatint and engraving are of particular interest. RINK 172. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 33523.