The Book of Trades; or, Circle of the Useful Arts.
8vo (140 x 115mm. 5½ x 4½".), with original marbled board coveres and calf spine. Spine detached.
First edition with engraved frontispiece, additional engraved title page, 19 plates (including the frontispiece), and numerous woodcut illustrations. The aim of this book is to illustrate at length one or two of each class of trade and manufacture and thus explain the principles applicable to all. The author presents an account of 'those arts by which the various wants of civilised society are supplied, and of those manufactures upon which commerce depends, in such a form, as, while it instructs, will also attract the youthful mind'. The book is organised into the following chapters: arts relative to the supply of food; arts relative to providing shelter; arts relative to clothing; arts relative to traveling; arts relative to the mineral kingdom; the liberal arts.
[Ref: 22109] £350.00