Boston: Higgins, Bradley & Dayton, 1858. 8vo. 200 x 120 mm. (8 x 5 inches). xxv, 9-345 pp., plus 17 pp. directory of leather companies; (same collation as Sabin and the copy at the University of Delaware). Original brown cloth, title in gilt on spine; cloth boards discolored otherwise a sound and attractive copy.
First and only edition. Encyclopedic work on the leather and shoe trade that includes detailed historical information of the manufacture of boots and shoes. Richardson text also acts as a guide or manual to techniques of the trade and offer opinions on the machinery required for fine finished products. He includes information on both English and French styles of shoes and provides patterns for manufacture.
Reviewed at the time by G. S. Hillard and called "an interesting and instructive book."
Sabin 71096. Allibone, Critical Dictionary of English Literature, II p. 1801. (302). Item #302