A New Collection of Genuine Receipts, for the Preparation and Execution of Curious Arts, and Interesting Experiments, Medical and Miscellaneous, Domestic and Agricultural. Which are well explained, and warranted genuine, and may be performed easily, safely, and at little expense. To which is added, a complete and much improved system of dyeing, in all its varieties. Stereotype edition.

Boston: Published by Charles Gaylord, 1831.

Duodecimo (15 x 10.5 cm.), 102, 6 pages. Index. Author from bibliographic references (name appears on earlier edition). Later edition; first published with this title in 1830 by Concord, N.H.'s Fisk & Chase. Earlier editions were issued under the titles, Select Collection of Approved... (1820), and Thirty-one Real Genuine Receipts.., (1825), but were significantly shorter and lacked the section of culinary receipts. This popular compilation of useful formula (receipts), by Rufus porter, the American painter, inventor, founder of Scientific American Magazine, and (some say) model for Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee. The work contains information about chemical products (like Varnish, Blacking, and Ink), culinary recipes (To Bottle Damsons, To Pot Leg of Beef), bleaching and washing, medical, and notably for dyeing. About half of the work is given over to dyeing, with detailed and lengthy formula and instructions. Also included are some recipes for the "Curious Arts" such as To Make Writing Appear and Disappear at Pleasure, or To Write in Various Colors with the Same Pen. Gone from this edition, though present in some earlier versions, were alchemical recipes, "To change any kind of wood to stone", "To render a person's hands fire-proof", or "To prepare eggs so as to cause the fowls which may be produced of them to be white feathered". The more magical recipes of the earlier works have here morphed into something closer to parlor tricks. [OCLC records twelve copies (and six copies of the 1830 issue); AI (1831) 8392, Lowenstein 149, Rink (citing printings before 1830)].

Price: $350.00