State of the art of cotton dyeing with 616 samples, 1902-1904

LEOPOLD CASSELLA & CO.: DAS FÄRBEN DER BAUMWOLLE UND VERWANDTER FASERN [DYEING OF COTTON AND RELATED FABRICS]. Und: 1. NACHTRAG… [1. APPENDIX..] 2 volumes (all published). With 616 tipped-in mutlicoloured fabric samples. Frankfurt am Main: 1902 and 1904.

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LEOPOLD CASSELLA & CO., Frankfurt am Main: DAS FÄRBEN DER BAUMWOLLE UND VERWANDTER FASERN MIT DEN FARBSTOFFEN VON LEOPOLD CASSELLA & CO. [DYEING OF COTTON AND RELATED FABRICS WITH DYE OF LEOPOLD CASSELLA & CO.] Und: 1. NACHTRAG ZUM BUCHE DAS FÄRBEN DER BAUMWOLLE... [1. APPENDIX TO THE BOOK DYEING OF COTTON...] 2 volumes (all published). With 616 tipped-in mutlicoloured fabric samples (522 (vol. 1) and 94 (vol. 2), as well as 3 full-paged b/w illustrations as frontispieces in both volumes showing bird's eye views of the company's factories in Frankfurt am Main, Lyon and Riga and 5 text illustrations. Frankfurt am Main: Selbstverlag 1902 and 1904. Royal-8vo. [2 leafs (3 front.)], IX [1], 445 [1] pages; [2 leafs (3 front.)], VIII [1], 191 [1] pages. Original publisher's half-cloth covers with gilt ornamental spine title and gilt cover title (vol. 2), as well as multicolour floral end papers.

Complete set of this rare „compedium of all aspects of modern cotton dyeing“ (preface) published in 2 volumes in 1902 and 1904 by the Frankfurt based Cassella & Co. dye factory, the world's largest producer of synthetic dyes by the turn of the 20th century. This edition is most remarkable for it's 616 differently coloured fabric samples (sized 2,3:1 cm), all of them entirely preserved, freshly coloured and carefully tipped-in to belonging charts with detailed dada about chemical reactions of the fabrics upon dyeing. Chapters are devoted among others to hand- or machine-made dyeing of raw cotton, cotton yarn, piece goods, knitwear, cloth, jute fibre, cambric grass fibre, coconut fibre and artificial silk.

Germany had been an early scholarly hotspot in the development of synthetic dye since the 1860s and also the first place where an accompanying industry emerged, with companies like Agfa, BASF, Bayer, Merck and Cassella on the front. Synthetic dyeing was an indispensable precondition of ready-made garment, and therefore of the fashion industry of the 20th century.

Boards of volume 1 worn and back cover in one part wavy, edges and corners bumped, otherwise well preserved set of this splendid item, very hard to find as complete as here.

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Weight 4 kg