6219. An Essay upon the Silk-worm by Barham 1719

SILKWORMS AND SILK PRODUCTION. BARHAM, HENRY. An Essay upon the Silk-worm: containing many improvements upon this curious Subject; together with large Collections from the most approved Authors...London (printed for J. Bettenham and T. Bickerton) 1719.

8:o (about 166x100 mm.). (12), (1)-180, (8, last blank) pp.
Contemporary brown calf, worn, upper cover detached, gilt borders, rebacked, gilt spine, damages at head and foot, cracks in the hinges. A few leaves in the beginning loose. Ownership inscriptions on title and leaf A3 recto.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1604
On pp. 12-22 in the first chapter "On the antiquity of silk", Barham advances the theory that the Chinese were the first to manufacture silk.

From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).