The Artists’s Arcanum; Or The Essence Of A Variety Of Useful And Entertaining Arts, Carefully And Perspicuously Laid Down; The Greater Part From Actual Experiments.




Stamford: [Printed for the author by C.H.Wales]


Third edition. by fred. thos. burton, carver and gilder, picture and glass frame maker, silverer and polisher of looking-glass plates, bookbinder, etc.,

Item Description

Small 8vo 4.5 6.5 inches. viii + 216 pp. An imperfect example This copy lacks the last seven pages pp. 217-232 inclusive. This is the third edition of a book first published in Stamford in 1799, with a second edition appearing in 1812. It is a manual of recipes and techniques in the decorative arts and includes gilding, silvering, plating, japanning, varnishing, staining, engraving, etching, oil painting, inks, including secret inks, recipes for fireworks, etc. This edition includes a glossary at the beginning and a new supplement at the end. The copy lacks the final eighteen sections included in the list of contents. In his preface, the author states, 'The particulars of the following Pages are many of them Originals; some of them communications, and part of them copied from the best Authors.' Despite its faults, an interesting and rare item.

[Stock No. 27417]

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