The Handmaid to the Arts.
1815 Catalogue, page 54. no. 29, as above.
The Handmaid to the Arts, Vol. the First. Teaching, I. A perfect knowledge of the Materia Pictoria . . . II. The means of delineation . . . III. The various manners
of gilding, silvering, bronzing . . . [Vol. the Second. Teaching, I. The preparation of inks, cements, and sealing-wax . . . II. The art of engraving, etching, and scraping mezzotintos
. . . III. The nature . . . of glass . . . IV. The nature . . . of porcelain . . . V. Preparation of transparent and coloured
glazings . . . VI. The manner of preparing and moulding papier maché . . .] The
Second Edition, with considerable Additions and Improvements.
London: Printed for
2 vol. 8vo. Vol. I, 276 leaves; vol. II, 250 leaves.
Halkett and Laing III, page 7.
Entered on Jefferson’s undated manuscript catalogue, with the price,
Robert Dossie, d. 1777, English apothecary. The first edition was published in 1758.
1815 Catalogue, page 51. no. 1, as above.
Bibliotheque Physico-Économique, instructive et amusante, Année 1782, ou premiere année [-année 1790, ou 9e année] . . . avec
des Planches en Taille-douce . . .
Buisson [de l’imprimerie de
9 vol. in 14. 12mo.
Inventaire des Periodiques Scientifiques des Bibliothèques de Paris, page 168, no. 310.
Jefferson bought these volumes at different times. The volumes for 1786, 1787 and 1789 were obtained from
Froullé and are listed on his bills under dates June 27 and August 16, 1787, 4 vol. 24.16; 10 January, 1789,
5 (livres). The two volumes for 1790 were purchased by William Short for Jefferson (acting on instructions in an undated letter from the latter in that year) from
Goldsmith in Paris, price
6 livres, the bill receipted on June 29, 1790.
Four volumes are entered on the undated manuscript catalogue, viz. v. 32-35, price
In a letter to Dr. Ezra Stiles written from Paris on July 17, 1785, Jefferson described the
Bibliotheque Physico-oeconomique, a copy of which he sent with the letter, as “
a book published here lately in four small volumes, and which gives an account of all the improvements in the arts ”