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Henley's Formulas for Home and Workshop [Hardcover]

D. Gardner , M.E. Hiscock

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  • Hardcover: 810 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publications; Enl. Ed., Including Useful Workshop and Laboratory Methods edition (1 Jan 1900)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517293072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517293072
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 6.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 829,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old but not antiquated 14 July 2004
By Holly Wade - Published on Amazon.com
Yes, the original publish date on this book was in the early 1900's, but the formulas within are timeless. Most of the products can be purchased cheaply and locally in urban areas, but some cannot and to have the formulary information available is priceless. A great book for DIYer's and anyone with an appreciation for general chemistry. It's history and self reliance is indespensible.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book od formulas 11 May 2010
By Domenick Capobianco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Excellent Own very old original. Comes in handy when you need it and worth the investment. Some formulas outdated-no problem identifying them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Henley's Formulas for the home and workshop 14 Dec 2011
By Randy - Published on Amazon.com
This book was written in 1908 and revised again in 1927. Back then the 'modern scientists' said that mercury and lead were actually good for you. If you read thru this and use year 2 thousand era common sense by removing the toxic substances you will be alright. Certain information is timeless. IE how to measure chicken egg freshness by using a glass container filled with salt water is harmless valuable info. Preserving eggs by dipping them into parafin or bees wax is harmless valuable information. Using lye bleach and mercury on your bare skin as a cosmetic is not harmless or valuable information.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and extremely amusing when approached with the right attitude. 18 Jan 2012
By Scott O'Neil - Published on Amazon.com
People lived without the safety net back when this stuff was written. Peoples' attitudes and perceptions regarding literally everything were completely different from those commonly held and accepted today. Yes, there have been major advances in science and medicine since this book was written and as a result many things within it are totally inaccurate - but that's not the point of buying this book.

I recommend that anybody with a slightly more than passing interest in 20th Century American history or general chemistry buy this book because you will find something within its many, many pages to truly enjoy. This book was written before the advent of the Harrison Act of 1914 (making some substances into illicit drugs for the first time in our nation's history) and Prohibition and then updated in 1927 after both were in full effect. This makes for some interesting and overt juxtapositions within the work. For example, the book contains a number of formulas and recipes for various kinds of alcohol and alcoholic beverages - the manufacture and consumption of which were just as illegal then as marijuana is now. It even goes so far as to tell you how to brew and distill different beers and spirits while staying within the legal alcohol content limits and then continues on to tell you how to do it properly and go well past the legal limits. In some instances it almost seems to make a case for breaking the law. For a particularly interesting read, try to find the 1907 unrevised edition and compare it to the 1927 edition. You may notice a few differences between them such as the recipe for laudanum (opium dissolved in alcohol with various other ingredients added to tradition and taste) which is relayed in the 1907 book but completely absent from that of 1927.

Overall, this book stands as a fascinating window into the common knowledge of medicine and science, the politics and the history of the early 20th Century in the United States. In addition to this, which is invaluable on its own, there is quite a bit of practical and correct information regarding everything from chemistry to construction within its pages. This book is so interesting, amusing and useful that I am personally stunned that I was able to obtain it for a grand total of $4.09 delivered to my front porch. Buy this book and prepare to sift through it patiently. You will be rewarded.
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty thick book of chemical formulas 23 Jan 2014
By bigyack - Published on Amazon.com
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Not a bad volume covering some processes not performed anymore. it doesn't give very involved processes of preparing some of the compounds. still a very good resource for outdated materials but contains chemical compounds not available anywhere in the present day.
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