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TUCKER, William   

  • Family dyer and scourer
  • Subjects: laundrywork,

    • 1. The family dyer and scourer; being a complete treatise on the whole art of cleaning and dying: the method of cleaning damask, morine, and other bed-furnitures; carpets, counterpanes, hearth-rugs &c.:dying silk, cotton, or woollen dresses, pelisses, and spencers; bonnets and feathers; cleaning India and fancy shawls, scarlet cloth, lace veils, and gentlemen's clothes, wet or dry. The whole ensuring a saving of eighty per cent. By William Tucker, late dyer and scourer in this metropolis.
      18.5 x 11.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv-xii [1] 2-134 [135] 136, [1] 2-4 ads   illus (one woodcut)  
      GB:   *LB   LB(S)  

      With index. The woodcut shows a scourer wringing out a blanket, with a four-legged dolly nearby and a key explaining the uses of the equipment illustrated. This unusual book was written for housewives who had no professional dyers nearby, or who could not afford their prices. William Tucker's observations reveal much information about the state of the laundry trade in London in the early nineteenth century.

    • 2. — [Second edition, 1818]
      GB:   LB(S)  

      The LB(S) catalogue lists a second edition with the slightly altered title "The family dyer and scourer; being a complete treatise on the arts of dying and cleaning every article of dress, bed and window furniture, silks...' as published London: Sherwood, Neely and Jones 1818.

    • 3. — [Title as 1818, fourth edition 1829]
      GB:   LB(S)  

      The LB(S) catalogue lists a fourth edition as published London: 1829.
      General comments: The Library of Congress has a copy of an American edition, published in Philadelphia around 1830, which was based on the fourth London edition.

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