A Century & a Half of the House of Berger 1760 to 1910
Being a Brief History of the 150 Years of Trading of Lewis Berger & Sons, Ltd, Manufacturers of Fine Dry Colours, Paints and Varnishes, Homerton, London, NE
Thomas B Berger
Great-great-grandson of the founder
Waterlow & Sons Limited, London, 1910.
Hardback; 175 x 230 mm; green boards with gold titles on spine and front cover with a gold and red pictorial on front cover; 108 pages. No dust jacket. Thirty-three monochrome illustrations.
The book is in good condition. The binding is sound though the book is very slightly cocked. The covers are a little stained, marked, and bumped with some wear along the joints. There is some tanning and foxing. The front paste-down endpaper is annotated in black ink, and a barely readable annotation in blue ink. The tissue guard of the frontispiece is detached, and there is creasing of the edge of the fold-out between pages 4 and 5. There are a few marks here and there.
This is a short history of the company founded by the German chemist Louis Steigenberger who came to England in the middle of the 18th century to make his fortune having perfected the manufacture of Prussian Blue. He changed his name to Lewis Berger, married, and established in Hackney, London what was to become Berger Paints. The book includes photographs of premises and associated personalities; also facsimile documents. It will appeal to those with an interest in the particular field of paint manufacture and its development over 100 years ago.