A Manual of Dyeing Receipts for General Use.
With Numerous Samples of Dyed Cloth and Silk.
First edition. Highly interesting practical work with 56 small fabric samples mounted in the text, which immediately predates the massive expansion of the German synthetic dye industry. This is an excellent copy of this attractive book, which is moderately uncommon institutionally, with just a dozen copies on Library Hub, and rarely encountered on the market.
Napier rose from poverty through practical experience in hand-loom weaving and the dyeing and bleaching industries, later developing considerable expertise in electrometallurgy and electrotyping. Napier's publishing opportunities arose through his friendship with John Joseph Griffin, who was behind the expansion of pioneering scientific publishers Richard Griffin. He introduces this work by stating that "in the present Manual we are supposing ourselves addressing the non-practical reader, or, it may be, the apprentice-dyer, and therefore descend into details of processes, so that any one may be enabled to produce, either for amusement or use, any of the shades or colours required" (p. 1).
Octavo. Publisher's dark blue morocco-grained cloth, title gilt to the front board, embossed panels to both, pale yellow surface-paper endpapers.
With 56 small fabric samples mounted in the text.
Slightly later pencilled ownership inscription of H. Alban Brayshaw, member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers to the half-title. Just a little rubbed, light browning of the text-block, offsetting from some of the samples, else very good.
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