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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

The Laboratory; or, School of Arts:

SMITH (Godfrey).

SMITH (Godfrey).

The Laboratory; or, School of Arts: In which are Faithfully Exhibited, and fully Explained. I. A Variety of curious and valuable Experiments in Refining, Calcining, Melting, Assaying, Casting, Allaying, and Toughening of Gold; with several other Curiosities relating to Gold and Silver. II. Choice Secrets for Jewellers in the Management of Gold; in Enamelling and the Preparation of Enamel Colours, with the Art of Copying precious Stones; of preparing Colours for Doublets; of Colouring Foyles for Jewels, together with other rare Secrets. III. Several uncommon Experiments for Casting in Silver, Copper, Brass, Tin, Steel, and other Metals; Likewise in Wax, Plaister of Paris, Wood, Horn &c. With the Management of the respective Moulds. IV. The Art of making Glass; Exhibiting withal the Art of Painting and making Impressions upon Glass, and laying thereon Gold or Silver; together with the Method of preparing the Colours for Potters Work, of Delf Ware. V. A Collection of very valuable Secrets, for the Use of Cutlers, Pewterers, Brassers, Joiners, Turners, Japanners, Book-binders, Distillers, Lapidaries, Limners, &c. together with the Art of Marbling Books or Paper. VI. A Dissertation on the Nature and Growth of Salt-petre; Also, several other choice and uncommon Chymical Experiments. VII. The Art of preparing Rockets, Crackers, Fire-Globes, Stars, Sparks, &c. for Recreative Fire-Works. VIII. The Art and Management of Dying Silks, Worsteds, Cotton, &c. in various Colours. Compiled from German, and other foreign Authors. Illustrated with Copper-Plates. The Fourth Edition, With Additions of a great Number of valuable Receipts; particularly, a short, plain, and easy Introduction to the Art of drawing in Perspective.

Engraved frontispiece by Hulett and 16 plates (two of them folding).

Fourth Edition. 8vo. [200 x 129 x 27 mm]. [4]ff, 352, [8] pp. Mid-19th century half purple roan, marbled paper sides, smooth spine divided into six panels by a gilt fillet, lettered in the second, light green endleaves, lightly sprinkled edges. (Rubbed, upper headcap chipped).
London: printed for James Hodges, at the Looking-Glass, facing St. Magnus Church, London-Bridge, 1755

Some browning or foxing and off-setting, small loss to blank margins of pp.235-238, a few notes and reader's marks. A decent copy of a book intended for practical use.

First published in 1738, and reissued with cancel titles in 1739 and 1740. The second edition appeared in 1740, and the third in 1750. This fourth edition has a number of additions, including the section on Drawing in Perspective (pp.260-267), with eight new plates. A second volume was published in 1756, and the two volumes were first published together in 1799. ESTC records 14 copies of this 1755 edition (British Library, National Library of Scotland, St. Andrews University, Victoria & Albert, Wellcome Institute; Corning Museum of Glass, Huntington, Winterthur, Library of Virginia, New York Historical Society, Rutgers, Library of Congress, University of Illinois, Virginia Commonwealth University).

The "Choice Secrets for Book-Binders" (p.147-150) include "To prepare a Lack Varnish for Book-Binders, for French Bindings", "French Leather for binding of Books", "To make white Tables for Memorandum Books, to write upon with a Silver Bodkin or Wire", "To prepare Parchment that resembles Jaspis or Marble", "A green transparent Parchment", and "To gild the Edges of Books", followed by preparations for various colours and inks, and "The manner of marbling Paper or Books" (p.158-160), with a plate to illustrate the process. This is one of the earlier English Bookbinding Manuels listed by Graham and Esther Pollard (73).

Ink stamp of E. M. Young.

Stock no. ebc6620

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