[New York: 1846]. Broadside, 24 x 19 inches. Old fold lines, minor foxing and wear; a few small areas of loss at top fold. Docketed with postmark on verso. About very good. Item #1952
A large broadside advertising the publication of A Practical Treatise on Dyeing and Calico Printing, published by Harper & Brothers in 1946. This extensive handbook on textile coloring and printing, compiled by Edward Andrew Parnell, effectively describes and summarizes such practices in America during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The main body of the broadside is composed of the salient points of each chapter, headed "Analysis of the Work." The lower portion of the text lays out the author's prefatory statement of purpose and prints "Testimonials of the Press." The New York Tribune praises it thusly: "We believe no dyer or calico-printer can afford to be without this work -- that it will save thousands of dollars each to many establishments and be the means of improving and perfecting the arts of which it treats"; while the Philadelphia American writes, "The work is the result of twenty years' experience in the most celebrated dye-houses of England and France, and embodies a digest of all that has been written upon the subject in whatever language." The work was folded and mailed to potential purchasers, and it bears a post mark and the manuscript notation, "Circular. E. Potter, Woolen Manufacturer, Almond, Allegheny Co. N.Y." A large and ephemeral piece of American publishing advertising; not in OCLC.