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Doug Sanders

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I was reading one of my art conservation journals yesterday and came across a review for a book I thought others might be interested in:


D.H. Soxhlet, The Art of Dyeing and Staining Marble, Artificial Stone, Bone, Horn, Ivory and Wood. Staunton, VA.:Deja Lu Press, 2003. 168 pages, spiral bound


available from Richard O. Byrne,114 Fayette St., Staunton, VA 24401 $25


The review explains that this is a reprint of a 1902 English translation of an 1899 German publication.

Dyeing and staining methods of the time are stated for many materials (mentioned in the title) used by joiners, stick and umbrella makers, turners, comb makers, etc.

The reviewer says that many of the formula would be considered hazardous today- such as exposure to mercury fumes, lead-based pigments, and so on, but there is much present which is useful. Most of the quaint, old names for chemical compounds have been updated, but many will need some cross-referencing from a modern chemical dictionary.


Thought I might get a copy to add to my little shelf of old chemical/trade handbooks.



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