THE LABORATORY, or School of Arts: 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; with several other Curiosities relating to Gold and Silver. II. Choice Secrets for Jewellers in the management of Gold.
London.J. Hodges. 1740. . The Second edition. To which is added, An Appendix: Teaching, I. The Art and Management of Dying Silks, Worsteds, Cottons, &c. in various Colours. II. The Art of preparing Rockets, Crackers, Fire-globes, Stars, Sparks, &c. for Recreative Fire-works. Translated from the High Dutch. Illustrated with Copper Plates. [viii], 240, , lxxx, [6 index]pp. Engraved allegorical frontispiece, and five other full-page plates in the first section, plus 3 full-page plates in the final section, two of which are folding. Contemporary full calf, the spine expertly repaired. Octavo. First edition with the second section, including that on fireworks. Some light water-staining at start and end; inner joints cracked; there is a paper repair to the head of pages 171/2, with the partial loss of one word; else a very good copy of this early 'recipe' book first published in England in 1738.