Directions for Using the Patent Excelsior Tanning Process. Patented March 18, 1862 by . . . Kalamazoo, Mich. John Jay Johnson.

Directions for Using the Patent Excelsior Tanning Process. Patented March 18, 1862 by . . . Kalamazoo, Mich.

(Albion, N Y.): Published by J. Jay Johnson, Patentee [copyright page: C. G. Beach & Co., Printers, Albion], 1863. First edition. 8vo, original printed yellow wrappers, 14, [1] pages. Inserted transfer of patent interest completed in autograph ink. Illus. Some light wear and foxing and dust-soiling; a very good copy. Item #16241

Despite the relative proximity of Kalamazoo and Albion, Michigan (and the claims of at least one OCLC record for a Michigan printing), the firm of C. G. Beach & Co. published the Orleans Republican in Albion New York; the subsequent editions of this patent tanning pamphlet as located on OCLC were all published in the East: Albany, N. Y. (1864), Russell, Mass. (1865), Rochester, N. H. (1866) and West Springfield, Mass. (1866). The grandiose preface summons the pantheon of Watt, Arkwright and Morse before adding another name to this technological firmament: J. Jay Johnson, whose patent tanning process is well suited to create savings for the American farmer: "Every farmer could manufacture the Leather and Furs needed by himself and family, at a savings of fifty per cent. on the usual way of selling his Hides and Skins, and buying his Boots, Shoes, Harness and Furs. By this process he can make Leather of the toughest Cow-hide, or the tender skin of the Rat, which destroys the contents of his granary and corn-crib. The domestic Cat furnishes Fur and Leather which the fashionable belle unwittingly wears every day upon her hands and neck." With recipes for the various bates and suds and tanning liquor, as well as dyes and waterproofing, and especial directions for tanning muskrat.

Price: $225.00

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