Philadelphia: 1836. Second Edition. Octavo in fours (24cm). Original purple ribbon-embossed cloth, gilt title to spine; plain endpapers; 448pp; frontispiece and 21 plates on inserted leaves. Contemporary presentation inscription in pencil to f.f.e.p.: "Mr. Clarke with the respects of the Author." Ex-library, with bookplate, spine label, and stamps of the Redwood Library. Sound, cloth heavily faded, minor splits to joints at head and tail, foxed, some plates browned: Good or better.
Slater was lionized for constructing and running the first water-powered spinning mill and some of the earliest steampowered cotton mills in the U.S., bringing knowledge of the technology over from Britain. Preceded by another edition published the same year. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 42449. SABIN 103385. KRESS C.4284. HOWES W 355.