Experimental researches concerning the philosophy of permanent colours; and the best means of producing them, by dyeing, calico printing, &c. Edward Bancroft.
Experimental researches concerning the philosophy of permanent colours; and the best means of producing them, by dyeing, calico printing, &c.

Experimental researches concerning the philosophy of permanent colours; and the best means of producing them, by dyeing, calico printing, &c.

Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson, 1814. First American edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. [4], xlv, [3], 401, [1], [2] Dobson ads; [4], 394, [2] Dobson ads; contemporary full calf, red morocco labels and numbering pieces on spines; lightly scuffed; very good. First published in London in 1794. This set that of Selah North, purchased for $3 in Goshen as several inscriptions attest. Bancroft (1744-1821) is perhaps best known for "his double dealing and dishonorable career" during the American Revolution (see an interesting account in DAB). Nonetheless, he made "discoveries of dyes for use in the manufacturer of textiles, and he received a British patent for importing yellow-oak bark for dyeing" (DAB). His book is listed as no. 10 on Sidney Edelstein's list of "The Thirteen Keys," [in] Historical Notes on the Wet Processing Industry (1972), and is the only American author there. Rink 1851; American Imprints 30738. Item #53926

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