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SMITH, Godfrey
[The laboratory. Vol. 2]
The laboratory; or, school of arts. In which are faithfully exhibited, and fully explained. I. The antiquarian, or curious examiner of antient coins and medals. II. A short introduction to the art of drawing in general; ... III. The art of painting in oil-colours, and mentzo-tintoes on glass. IV. Introductory rules for finding the natural shadow of the sun, ... torch, lamp, or candle. V. Of waterworks, fountains, ... VI. The art of dialling, or of making sun-dials. VII. A collection of choice receipts, and experiments of various kinds relating to the produce of gardens as flowers, fruits, &c. VIII. A directory for the management of fruit, flower, and kitchen garden, ... IX. Optical experiments ... X. The art of distilling of liquids, cordials, &c ... XI. A short introduction to civil architecture, or the art of building. XII. The art of refining, tanning of leather, and dying of skins in various colours: ... With a great number of other scarce and valuable secrets. Compiled for the use, benefit, and entertainment of the curious. Illustrated with a variety of curious copper-plates. By G. Smith. Volume II.
London: printed for C. Hitch and L. Hawes, R. Baldwin, S. Crowder and H. Woodgate, 1756.
[12], 348, [8] p., engr. frontis., [23] pl. (2 fold.) : [2] wdcut illus. ; 19.9 cm. (8º)

A comprehensive manual for artisans. The first volume was published alone in 1738, and in several editions thereafter; the present volume appeared only in the present edition, and the 6th revised two-volume edition published in eight numbers in 1799. The plates are numbered I--XVII, with a pl. VIII*, a bis pl. XIV and five further plates XIV.1--XIV.5. Index and errata at end, the latter including a woodcut illustration 'omitted in Plate XVII'. ESTC t65471.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting pp. 305--320 (i.e. signature X8). Soane purchased this volume and the copy of the 1770 edition of volume I (q.v.) as a two volume set, probably from the bookseller Thomas Boone.

Binding C18th sprinkled sheep, gilt roll-tooled borders, gilt-ruled spine, red & green morocco spine-labels, spine-title 'School Of Arts'. Bound as a set with the 1770 edition of volume I.

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