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SMITH, Godfrey
[The laboratory. Volume 1]
The laboratory: or, school of arts. In which are faithfully exhibited, and fully explained. I. A variety of curious and valuable experiments in refining ... gold; ... II. Choice secrets for jewellers ... III. Several uncommon experiments for casting in silver, ... and other metals; likewise in wax, ... IV. The art of making glass; ... V. A collection of very valuable secrets, for the use of cutlers, pewterers, brasiers, joiners, turners, japanners, bookbinders, distillers, lapidaries, limners, ... 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, ... &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. By G. Smith. The fifth edition. With additions of a great number of valuable receipts; particularly a short, plain, and easy introduction to the art of drawing in perspective.
London: printed for Stanley Crowder, and B. Collins, in Salisbury, 1770.
[8], 352, [8] p., engr. frontis., [16] plates (2 fold.) ; 19.8 cm. (8º)

First published in 1738; a second volume was published in 1756 (q.v.), but this is a new edition of the first volume only. The first volume went through several further editions and a 6th revised edition of both was published in eight numbers in 1799. The plates are numbered in three sequences I--V, I--VIII, I--III. A comprehensive manual covering refining and manipulating gold and silver, enamelling, colouring jewels, casting silver, copper, brass, tin, and other metals, using wax, plaster of Paris, wood, and horn moulds, making glass, painting on glass, etching glass, preparing colours for potters work or Delft ware, marbling paper, preparing rockets, crackers, fire-globes, and other fireworks, and dyeing fabrics. ESTC t66980.

Copy Notes Soane purchased this volume and the copy of volume II (q.v.) as a two volume set, probably from the bookseller Thomas Boone. Inscribed in pencil in Boone's hand on front free-endpaper 2 vols and 2nd vol Somewhat Stained, with his codes and hieroglyphs.

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 1756 edition of volume II.

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