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The laboratory; or, School of arts: containing a large collection of valuable secrets, experiments, and manual operations in arts and manufactures, highly useful to gilders, jewellers, enamellers, goldsmiths, dyers, cutlers, pewterers, joiners, japanners, book-binders, plasterers, artists, and to the workers in metals in general; and in plaster of paris, wood, ivory, bone, horn, and other materials

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Smith, G.
The laboratory; or, School of arts: containing a large collection of valuable secrets, experiments, and manual operations in arts and manufactures, highly useful to gilders, jewellers, enamellers, goldsmiths, dyers, cutlers, pewterers, joiners, japanners, book-binders, plasterers, artists, and to the workers in metals in general; and in plaster of paris, wood, ivory, bone, horn, and other materials
Sixth edition, with a great number of additional receipts, corrections, and amendments; a complete treatise on fire-works, and the art of short-hand writing, Vol. I
London, England: Printed by C. Whittingham for H. Symonds [et al.], 1799
1 v. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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[Title page] The laboratory; or, School of arts: containing a large collection of valuable secrets, experiments, and manual operations in arts and manufactures, highly useful to gilders, jewellers, enamellers, goldsmiths, dyers, cutlers, pewterers, joiners, japanners, book-binders, plasterers, artists, and to the workers in metals in general; and in plaster of paris, wood, ivory, bone, horn, and other materials, pp. [i]-[ii]

Preface to the sixth edition, pp. [iii]-viii

[Contents] Contents to the first volume, pp. ix-xxxi ff.

Part I. Artificial fire-works, pp. [1]-59

Explanation of plate IV., pp. 60-68

Part II. A variety of curious and valuable experiments on gold and silver; shewing the method of testing, refining, separating, allaying, and toughening those metals; together with other receipts, for gilding &c, pp. 69-112

Part III. The art of enamelling in ordinary, and the method of preparing the colours. The art of painting in enamel.--Curious instructions how to make artificial pearls.--Of doublets and foils, and the manner of colouring them.--The art of counterfeiting precious stones, with other rare secrets, p. 113

[Part III.] Of enamelling in ordinary; and of preparing the enamel-colours, pp. 113-129

[Part III.] Of artificial pearls, pp. 130-138

[Part III.] Of doublets, pp. 138-141

[Part III.] Instructions concerning foils, or metallic leaves, which are laid under precious stones, pp. 142-146

[Part III.] The art of imitating precious stones, or of making artificial gems, pp. 146-160

Part IV. The art of making glass; with the art of painting, and making impressions upon glass, and of laying thereon gold or silver; together with the method of preparing the colours for potters-work, or Delft-ware, p. 161

[Part IV.] Of glass, pp. 161-179

[Part IV.] The art of painting upon glass, pp. 179-187

[Part IV.] The art of glazing and painting on fine earthenware, commonly called Delft ware, pp. 187-190

[Part IV.] Colours for potter's glaze-work, pp. 190-195

Part V. Several receipts for casting in silver, copper, brass, tin, steel, and other metals; likewise in wax, plaster of paris, wood, horn, &c. - with the management of the respective moulds, p. 196

[Part V.] To prepare clay for making all sorts of moulds to cast gold, silver, and other metals in, pp. 196-205

[Part V.] How to cast images of plaster of paris: to cast wax, either solid or hollow: also to form images in wax, and cast them afterwards in any metal, either solid or hollow, pp. 205-212

[Part V.] Mixtures for casting mirrors, and for casting other things, pp. 212-222

Part VI. A collection of very valuable secrets for the use of smiths, cutlers, pewterers, braziers, book-binders, joiners, turners, japanners, &c, p. 223

[Part VI.] Choice experiments on iron and steel, pp. 223-230

[Part VI.] To etch upon sword or knife-blades, pp. 230-233

[Part VI.] Of lead and pewter, pp. 233-242

[Part VI.] Some experiments relating to copper and brass, pp. 243-246

[Part VI.] Choice secrets for book-binders, pp. 246-265

[Part VI.] Choice secrets for cabinet makers, and turners, pp. 265-272

[Part VI.] Varieties of glues and cements, for joining wood, stone, glass and metals, pp. 272-277

[Part VI.] Several curious secrets relating to ivory, bone, and horn, pp. 277-283

[Part VI.] Of varnishing, or japanning on wood, &c, pp. 283-292

[Part VI.] Of coral work, pp. 292-293

Part VII. The art of preparing colours for painters; with several methods of gilding, &c, pp. 294-320

Part VIII. Several choice curiosities, pp. 321-337

Part IX. Several secrets relating to marble, pp. 337-347

Part X. Plain instructions for painting in water-colours; and an introduction to the art of drawing in perspective, pp. 348-358

[Part X.] A short introduction to the art of drawing in perspective, pp. 359-367

Part XI. Of cosmetics, odoriferous-waters, oils, &c, pp. 368-380

Part XII. Of dying silk, worsted, cotton, &c. of various colours, pp. 380-409

Part XIII. Stenography; or the art of short-hand writing, pp. 409-413

Part XIV. Miscellaneous, p. 414

[Part XIV.] Of snuff-making, pp. 414-422

[Part XIV.] Secrets entertaining and useful, pp. 422-428

[Part XIV.] Secrets relative to wine, pp. 428-439

Plate 1: Fire-works, p. Plate 1

Plate 2: Fire-works, p. Plate 2

Plate 3: Fire-works, p. Plate 3

Plate 4: see the explanation, page 60, p. Plate 4

Plate V: Glass-blowing, p. Plate V

Plate 6, p. Plate 6

Plate VII, p. Plate VII

Plate VIII, p. Plate VIII

Plate IX, p. Plate IX

Plate X, p. Plate X

Plate XI, p. Plate XI

Plate XII, p. Plate XII

Plate XIII, p. Plate XIII

Plate XIV, p. Plate XIV

Plate XV: Accompt kept by Jonathan Dilkes the Steward, p. Plate XV

Plate XVI: Substitute characters, p. Plate XVI

[Plate] XVII: Table of the manner of joining the characters, p. [Plate] XVII

Plate XVIII: Abbreviations, p. Plate XVIII

Plate XIX: A lesson for practice, pp. Plate XIX ff.

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