The Dictionary of Practical Receipts; Containing the Arcana of Trade and Manufacture; Domestic Economy; Artistical, Ornamental & Scientific Processes; Pharmaceutical and Chemical Preparations, etc. etc. etc. New and Improved Edition, with Copious Index.
by FRANCIS, George William (1800-1865).
London:: J. Allen, 1853., 1853. 8vo. , 348, 32,  pp. Figures, index, ads; light foxing. Green gilt-stamped cloth; wear, bumped corners, small ink stains, and some wear to extremities, joints reinforced with kozo. Good plus. "I have prepared this work as one of general reference and universal information; useful to the Tradesman and the Artist, by informing them of the operations and processes of others, —to the Chemist and Druggist as a vade mecum of all his professional formulæ;—to the Amateur, as a book of constant reference, and to the Manager of a Family, as a faithful synopsis of saving expense, and procuring or using a material or preparation which most frequently cannot be purchased without much difficulty and delay." – From the preface. / Equal parts cookbook, encyclopedia, pharmacopeia, and home economics manual, The Dictionary of Practical Receipts contains instructions on everything from baking crumpets to poisoning crickets to dying silk crimson [and that's just "cre" through "cru"]. The text offers countless fascinating insights into British life in the mid-nineteenth century, with a level of objectivity and scientific precision rarely found in similar books written during the period. / Born in London, Francis spent his early years as a popular science writer and editor, and edited the first five volumes of the Magazine of Science and School of Arts. In 1849 he emigrated with his family to Australia, where he was appointed the director of the Adelaide botanical garden, a position he held until his death.
(Inventory #: MRM1482)
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