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The Dyer';s Companion; in two parts - BEMISS, Elijah - 1806. 
New London: Cady & Eels for the Author, 1806. 12mo (161 x 102 mm). viii, -118, [1 blank leaf]; 75,  pp. Two parts in one, continuously signed, separately paginated. 7-page index, errata at end. Occasional light foxing or discoloration, a few short marginal tears in part 2, corners creased at end. Contemporary American roan (scuffed but sound). Provenance: "Cyrus Punderson's Book 1806," inscription on front free endleaf; contemporary ms. "Receipt for Dying Red" on a loosely inserted slip. ***First Edition of one of the earliest American dyeing manuals. Part One contains "upwards of 100 receipts" for coloring different fabrics, Part Two directions for varnishing leather, coloring "feathers, fur and hair," dying hats, staining wood, preparing paints, combating insects, making wines, and pickling and preserving dozens of foodstuffs. 25 medical recipes also appear in the second part, including "an infallible cure for the St. Anthony's fire," several "cures" for dysentery, ague, the bite of a mad dog, "cancers," and, most chillingly and revealingly of New England life at the dawn of the 19th century, "Children in the worst stage of Intoxication" (p. 47, the treatment consisting of a warm bath and cold water on the head). According to the American Antiquarian Society cataloguing, the copyright was dated 27 August, 1805, but publication was not announced until February 1806, in the Feb. 26 1806 issue of the Connecticut Gazette (New London). Shaw & Shoemaker 7971 (dated to 1805) & 9955 (dated to 1806); Mansell 45:627; Rink, Technical Americana 1841.
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