Memoir of Samuel Slater, The Father of American Manufactures; Connected with a History of the Rise and Progress of the Cotton Manufacture in England and America. With Remarks on the Moral Influence of Manufacturies in the United States... Second Edition.
Philadelphia: "Printed at No. 46, Carpenter Street", 1836. Sm. 4to, original patterned cloth, backstrip gilt-lettered. 448, 78 pp. Twenty-one engraved plates, plans, and portraits, two folding; and one facsimile. backstrip sunned, intermittent foxing; but a good copy in original condition. Second Edition (the same year as the first). The crucial difference between the two editions of 1836 is that the first includes the important 120-page government document "Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, Transmitting Tables and Notes on the Cultivation, Manufacture, and Foreign Trade of Cotton, " dated March 4, 1836, and printed by Gates & Seaton, while the second does not. But this present copy of the second edition does include the "Letter.., " although it is printed in a 78-page format by Blair & Rives. This variant state appears to be unrecorded or overlooked, although Michael Ginsberg lists another copy online as of 8/07. Samuel Slater was born in Derbyshire in 1768 and was apprenticed to the cotton-manufacturing pioneers Richard Arkwright and Jedediah Strutt. In 1789 he left England in disguise and smuggled the secrets of the manufactury into the United States. Slater proved to be brilliant at both technical design and business and became one of the great pioneers of American commerce. Goldsmith 29417. Kress C4284. Howes W-355. Sabin 103385.
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