The Tanner's Key to a New System of Tanning Sole Leather, or the Right Use of Oak Bark, &c. containing several most important discoveries and documents, in addition to Sir Humphrey Davy's experiments and the late Sir Joseph Banks' reports to the Honourable East India Company
London: Charles Frederick Cock, 1824. 12mo. (6 7/8 x 4 1/4 inches). xxiii, , 134pp.
Modern cloth-backed marbled paper covered boards
Provenance: John Hepburn (early signature)
Scarce work detailing improvements to the vegetable tanning process using oak bark.
In addition to its discussion on the process of tanning crop hides, this work includes chapters on experiments with Terra Japonica (also referred to as Acacia Catcechu), issues regarding Naval dry rot, and commentary on London's monopoly of the leather trade, the leather trade in Ireland, and the benefits of free trade.