The Book of Trades, or, Library of the Useful Arts

The book of trades, or, Library of the useful arts
Adoption Amount: $1,000
Category: Preserve for the Future
Location: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

The book of trades, or, Library of the useful arts. Part III

London: Printed for Tabart and Co., 1805.

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.

Condition and Treatment: 

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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