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What is this?

Record book of dye recipes kept by the textile printer Edmund Barnes that was started in Bury, England in the late 1820s. The printer brought the book with him to Dover, New Hampshire in 1829 when he began working for Dover Manufacturing Company, later known as Cocheco Print Works. Barnes continued to add to the notebook through the early 1830s.

The small book contains samples of printed cottons with handwritten dyestuff recipes, dyeing processes and finishing techniques. A small bill loose in back of book bears the name: William Barnes. Book bound in marble paper sides and leather back.

This is a dyer's record book from United States. It is dated 1820–39 and we acquired it in 1950. Museum purchase through gift of Jaques Séligmann. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

label: leather binding, pen and ink on paper pages, printed cotton samples

Its dimensions are

H x W: 21 x 16.5 cm (8 1/4 x 6 1/2 in.)

It is inscribed

On p. 33: "Nov. 18th, 1829." On front cover: "BLACKFORD BRIDGE NEAR BURY SEPT. 7TH. EDMUND BARNS." On fly leaf at back (torn): "Edmund Barnes, Providence."

This object was purchased from James J. Kane

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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