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BENTLEY, Thomas (fl. 1813--18)
Description of Bentley's new metallic oil paint, for the interior decoration of houses; and of the anticorrosive paint, for all work exposed to the weather; also the durable satin paper, for the hangings of apartments; manufactured exclusively by Thos. Bentley, lately at the Office, 24, Brydges Street, Covent Garden, but now removed to more commodious premises, at 71, Dean Street, Soho.
London: printed by Thomas Wood, 1818.
35, [1], 39--40 p. ; 16.7 cm. (8°)

This is effectively another edition of Bentley's Prospectus of the various paints, 1817 (q.v.), but with the lengthy list of clients ('more than one thousand of the Nobility, Gentry, &c.') omitted as it 'would too much extend the limits of this pamphlet.' (p. 12). The colour card of the anti-corrosive paint is now pasted in on p. 10. Most of the text (pp. 13--35) consists of testimonials. The final leaf (paginated incorrectly 39--40 and probably a cancellans) is the account of 'Slatinas' reprinted from the same setting of type as in the 1817 Prospectus.

Copy Notes Bound with a letter of presentation to Soane from Hamlet Wade dated 24 March 1820, stating that he was the original inventor of the new paint, the secret of which he had imparted to Bentley, and that he was now superintendant of the manufactory. He also claims in this letter that the outside paints have been recommended by [Robert] Smirke. The title-page has Bentley's name, and the reference to 'durable satin paper' (the description of which is not present in this state of the pamphlet), scored out in ink. Bentley's name is replaced in ink by H. Wade or Wade's on the title-page and on pp.[3] and 9. Bound (10) in a collection of pamphlets, after a copy of the 1817 Prospectus (q.v.).

Binding Later C19th green pebble-grained binder's cloth cloth, gilt-lettered spine reading 'Societies / Pamphlets'. The spine later numbered 'A' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 1686


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