The Book of Trades, or, Library of the Useful Arts
Category: Preserve for the Future
Location: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library
The book of trades, or, Library of the useful arts. Part III
Created as an educational occupation guide for young readers, these two volumes contain copper-engraved illustrations with accompanying text explaining the work of the brick maker, the weaver, the paper maker, the printer, the glass-blower, button maker, and other pre-industrial revolution industries. They provide a simple overview of each trade no doubt geared to educate and perhaps inspire young children.
Small format bound volumes. ¼ leather binding with paper covered boards. B/W text with some hand-colored plates. Covers detached. Loose pages, overall dirt and discoloration.
Disbind, dryclean leaves. Resew textblock and re-line. Create hollowback spine, reback and reattach to original spine covering and boards.
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