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 Friday, November 24, 2017

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Diderot. Miroitier Metteur au Teint (&) Miroitier. Paris: ca 1770. An exceptionally interesting section, illustrating the art of mirror makers. The plates include several workshop interiors, one illustrating the metallic backing being poured on and buffed, the other showing the plates being sized, polished and stacked. There are also several plates illustrating the various tools of the mirror-makers craft. 10"x16", 2 pages of text plus 8 engraved plates, disbound.

Inventory #: 16796
Price: $ 175.00       

Mercer, Henry C. Ancient Carpenter's Tools. Together with Lumberman's, Joiner's and Cabinet Maker's Tools in use in the Eighteenth Century. Doylestown Bucks County Historical Society: 1951. 2nd edition. A very important study of woodworking tools, illustrating early tools and describing how they were used. Do not misunderstand the word "ancient". As Mercer pointed out, most of these tools were used from ancient times right through the 18th century. What can one say about Henry C. Mercer, except that he was exactly the right man to write this study? Architect, founder of the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, historian, collector, archeologist, student of craftsmanship and its tools... he began collecting old tools in 1897 while rummaging through an old barn, and would eventually write this book, the Bible on joinery tools, as well as an important book on cast-iron stoves. He would also design and build his own castle ("Fonthill") and tool museum today the Mercer Museum houses 50,000 tools and artifacts. This is an indispensable work. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 339 pages, b/w illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35108
Price: $ 85.00       

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