in which are faithfully exhibited, and fully explain'd, I. A variety of curious and valuable experiments in refining, calcining, melting, assaying, casting, allaying, and toughening of gold . II. Choice secrets for jewellers in the management of gold; in enamelling . III. Several uncommon experiments for casting in silver, copper, brass, tin, steel, and other metals . IV. The art of making glass . V. A collection of very valuable secrets, for the use of cutlers, pewterers, brasiers, joiners, turners, japanners, book-binders, distillers, lapidaries . together with the art of marbling books or paper. VI. A dissertation on . salt-petre . VII. The art of preparing rockets, crackers, fire-globes, stars, sparks
Published by London: James Hodges at the Looking-Glass facing St. Magnus church London-Bridge; and T. Astley, 1750. Compiled from German and other foreign authors. 8vo., with 17 engraved plates (including 2 folding), (8) + 352 + (8)pp., including the index, intermittent minor soiling through use, bookplate (?) removed from front pastedown, contemporary ruled calf with raised bands, unlettered, rather worn. Nonetheless a good, sound, copy. First published in 1738 and much expanded in all later 18th century editions. This was a comprehensive and practical manual for an enormous range of arts and crafts. A second volume was published in 1756.
Neatly rebound in leather. Pages clean and bright and unfoxed, exceptionally good condition.