HASERICK, Ernest C. The Secrets of the Art of dyeing Wool, Cotton, and Linen, including bleaching and coloring Wool and Cotton Hosiery and Random-yarns. A Treatise based on Economy and Practice. , 131,  pp., plus xxxvi,  leaves with 323 mounted fabric samples of wool, cotton, linen, and yarn, pressed between double leaves of paper, with printing & oval die-cut windows showing the samples. 8vo., 215 x 135 mm, bound in original full navy blue calf, gilt lettering & ruling on spine, gilt ruling on covers, marbled endpapers. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Welch, Bigelow, Printers to the University, 1869.
First Edition of this early American work on dyeing fabrics and textiles. The author details the purity of the water to cleanse the fibers, proper preparation for dyeing the threads and woven textiles, specific instructions for the equipment, base dye materials, and how to produce 100-pound batches of dyed wool, cotton, and linen. All of the plates are keyed to each numbered section specifically describing the composition of dye and minerals to produce the given shade of colour, including cotton stockings, tights for the ballet, forty-percent wool stockings, with such colours as indigo, Prussian blue, salmon fugitive, Nankeen, Rust Yellow, and many others.
Ernest Haserick (1819-1899) was born in Saxony and apprenticed as a dyer with Glauchau and Chemnitz from 1833-1839. He eventually immigrated to the United States and worked as a dyer for the Bay State Mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and then the Carpet Factory in Lowell until 1853, when he founded his own company. Joints cracked but holding fine.
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