BANCROFT, Edward. Experimental Researches concerning the Philosophy of permanent Colours; and the best Means of producing them by Dyeing, Calico Printing, &c. Two volumes. xlv, , 401; , 394 pp. 8vo., 210 x 125 mm, bound in contemporary calf. Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson, 1814.
First American and Best Edition, reprinted from the second London edition containing the original work with added notes and an additional volume. It is a famous book in the literature of colours and dyeing and is no. 10 on Sidney Edelstein's list of "The Thirteen Keys" (Historical Notes on the Wet Processing Industry, 1972) and the only book on the list written by an American. Born in Westfield, Massachusetts, in 1744, Bancroft had a fascinating career as a scientist and also as a spy during the Revolutionary War both for and against America (see DAB; see also Edelstein, "The Dual Life of Edward Bancroft" in the work cited above). His book was "...a great contribution...his thoughts and research methods are as reasonable and as practical as the best we use today." (Edelstein). Rebacked, some wear to the bindings, an unusually sound copy of a scarce and important book.
Shaw-Shoemaker 30738. Kress B. 6259. Bolton, I, p. 280 (this edition). Rink 1851. Bibliotheca Tinctoria 67 ("It is a serious scientific contribution to the subject many years in advance of its time"). Lawrie 26 and 27 citing other editions (including one in German, 1817-18). Partington III, 515-516.
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