Natural Dyestuffs and Industrial Culture in Europe, 1750-1880

Robert Fox and Agustí Nieto-Galan, editors

1999, 384pp., illus., b/w and color, ISBN 0-88135-273-X, L/C 98-55519, $49.95

Natural Dyestuffs and Industrial Culture in Europe, 1750-1880


“…This splendidly-produced volume, with its fascinating case-studies (eight in English, and four in French) and full bibliographies, is an excellent resource for all those needing to improve and widen their idea of what chemistry was like in these years, how careers were open to chemical talent, how practical questions stimulated chemical theory and practice, and how chemical professions came into being.”
– David Knight, Ambix

“…The book is skillfully edited and attractively produced. It should have a wide and appreciative audience.” – Isis

Table of Contents


Robert Fox and Agustí Nieto-Galan

The science-technology issue: the chemistry of natural dyestuffs

Theories of dyeing: a view on a long-standing controversy through the works of Jean-François Persoz
Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent and Agustí Nieto-Galan

Les Annales de chimie et de physique et les colorants: recherches et discussions
Girolamo Ramunni

Chimie des colorants et qualité des couleurs face au changement technique dans les années 1860
Gérard J. Emptoz

Markets and the geography of skills: regional contexts and colonial ventures

La fabrication du rouge turc dans la Thessalie de la fin du XVIIIème siècle: la manufacture de la ville d’Ampelakia leur grand renom sur le marché européen
Angélique Kinini

Dyeing, calico-printing and technical exchanges in Spain: the Royal Manufactures and the Catalan textile industry, 1750-1820
Agustí Nieto-Galan

How did they know? The art of dyeing in late-eighteenth-century Piedmont
Luisa Dolza

Indiennage et colorants naturels à Nantes port colonial et européen
Anne-Claire Déré

Industrial culture: natural dyestuffs and the factory system

The Dutch calico printing industry between 1800 and 1875
Geert Verbong

From colour maker to chemist: episodes from the rise of the colourist, 1670-1800
Ernst Homburg

James Watt and bleaching
Richard L. Hills

Technological change: from natural dyestuffs to artificial colourants

Heinrich Caro, chemist and calico printer, and the changeover from natural to artificial dyes
Anthony S. Travis

The transition from natural dyestuffs to synthetic dyestuffs: the case of Basel, 1850-1940
Christian Simon

Notes on Contributors


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