Boston: Carter, Hendee & Co., 1833.
Duodecimo, [v]-xii, -98. Three engraved plates (two hand-coloured). Second, enlarged edition (the first was published in 1831). Cobb [1799-1882] was a Massachusetts lawyer and pioneer silk manufacturer. He established one of the earliest silk mills in the United States in 1837. Based on his earlier researches, Cobb was commissioned to write the present manual, the first and most influential guide to American silk manufacture. Publication was subsidized by the government. The work was very popular and went through four editions by 1839. Publisher's cloth-backed, printed, paper-covered boards. The rear board contains a list of other publications by Carter, Hendee and Co. Some rubbing and light soil to boards. Internal dampstain to text block; light foxing throughout. Child's small scribble to frontispiece. Generally good or better. With a contemporary gift inscription to free front endpaper. [Kress C.3440; Sabin 13847].