[Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Badische Anilin- & Soda-Fabrik], 1901.
Quarto, x (last blank), 534, xi (index) pages plus 2 plates (showing the company's German, French and Russian factories) and 20 'Pattern Sheets' with over 620 captioned mounted samples of dyed fabrics and threads.
Original half morocco-grain cloth with green cloth sides embossed with a crocodile-skin pattern; spine lettered and decorated in gilt; joints cracked but sound; covers slightly marked, with light wear to the corners and minor loss to the head and foot of the spine; paper lightly toned, with occasional light foxing; a few trifling signs of use; overall a very good copy, with the wonderful fabric samples uniformly bright and in fine condition.
A comprehensive manual to the aniline dyes produced by the Badische Anilin- & Soda-Fabrik, including detailed instructions for dying yarns and printing fabrics. The mounted samples comprise wool (135 fabric swatches); cotton (180 swatches and tassels of thread); silk (138 tassels); blended fabrics (96 swatches); and printed fabrics (72 swatches and tassels). The verso of the front flyleaf contains a printed generic 'with compliments' message, ending with 'For Own Use Only'; this copy was presented to the John Young & Company cotton mill in Radcliffe, Manchester, in January 1907. Founded in 1865, the Badische Anilin- & Soda-Fabrik was a pioneer manufacturer of synthetic dyes. Still based in Ludwigshafen, and now trading as BASF, it is currently the largest chemical producer in the world.