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CURAUDEAU (François René).
Traité du Blanchissage à la Vapeur; suivi d'un nouveau procédé pour le Blanchiment des Toiles, Fils et Cotons écrus, dont on peut faire l'application au rouissage du Chanvre et du Lin.
A Paris, chez l'Auteur, 1806. 12mo. 136 pages. 3 folding plates. Wrappers, contemporary mute cover (minor fraying on spine). First Edition of the first treatise dedicated to the steam laundry, an industrial process commonly used nowadays. Chaptal was the first to think about using steam to wash cloth, but it was the chemist François René Curaudeau (1765-1813) who worked out the process, through the noteworthy invention of an apparatus and the study of the chemical substances involved. He describes in the present work the result of his researches, as well as the washing machine he created. The different parts of this device are depicted on the 3 engraved folding plates. This work, sold by the author at his place, was almost certainly issued in a small number of copies, and is nowadays very scarce. Very fine copy, as published in its original wrappers, untrimmed.
Bookseller: Llibreria Antiquària Comellas [Spain]
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