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The Painter, Gilder, And Varnisher's Companion

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by Henry C. Baird, Publisher

This is a facsimile of a guide published in 1850, which aimed to provide the "Rules and regulations in everything relating to the arts of painting, gilding, varnishing and glass staining." And the author wasn�t kidding! There is a charming authorial tone ("It has been the compiler�s aim, while he has rejected all that appeared foreign to the subject, to omit nothing of real utility; and he trusts he shall be found to have attained it.") as well as a very practical list of tests for the "diction of adulterations in oils, colours, &c." This is a fascinating book for social history buffs (there is a focus on "the diseases and accidents to which painters, gilders and varnishers are peculiarly liable"), and of course a must read for anyone interested in historical finishes. The book makes you want to add mastic, gum Benjamin, crystals of verdigris and two drachms of shell-lac to your woodshop.

Softcover, 6" x 9". 189 pages.


Pages: 189
Binding: TP
Publisher: Toolemera Press

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