The Laboratory, or, School of arts : in which are faithfully exhibited and fully explain'd, I. A variety of curious and valuable experiments in refining, calcining, melting, assaying, casting, alaying, and toughening of gold; with several other curiosities relating to gold and silver; II. Choice secrets for jewellers in the management of gold; in enamelling, and the preparation of enamel colours, with the art of copying precious stones, of preparing colours for doublets, of colouring foyles for jewels, together with other rare secrets; III. Several uncommon experiments for casting in silver, copper, brass, tin, steel, and other metals; likewise in wax, plaister of Paris, wood, horn, &c., with the management of the respective moulds; IV. The art of making glass: exhibiting withal 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.; V. A collection of very valuable secrets for the use of cutlers, pewterers, brasiers, joiners, turners, Japanners, book-binders, distillers, lapidaries, limners, &c.; VI. A dissertation on the nature and growth of saltpeter; also, several other choice and uncommon experiments

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  • Format Books
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  • Publication Second edition, to which is added, an appendix: teaching I. The art and management of dying silks, worsteds, cottons, &c. in various colours; II. The art of preparing rockets, crackers, fire-globes, stars, sparks, &c. for recreative fire-works; translated from the High Dutch; illustrated with copper plates. London : Printed for J. Hodges; J. James; and T. Cooper, 1740.
  • Physical Details
    • 8 unnumbered pages, 240 pages, 1 leaf, lxxx, 6 unnumbered pages, 9 unnumbered leaves of plates (part. folded) : illustrations ; 20 cm
  • OCLC ocm03528702


  • First published in 1736; a 2nd volume was published in 1756.
  • Compiled by George Smith [i.e. Godfrey Smith] Cf. NUC pre-1956.
  • Publisher's advertisement: t.-p. verso.
  • Head- and tailpieces; initials.
  • Includes index.
  • Appendix (p. i-lxxx) has special title page.
  • Frontispiece and plates: (signed) G. [i.e., Godfrey] Smith del. Hulett sculp.; (or signed) Hulett sculp.; some plates are unsigned.
  • Cole, W.A. Chemical lit., 1229.
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