Very Good. Item #5720
[Albion, NY]: J. Jay Johnson, Patentee [copyright page: C.G. Beach & Co., Printers, Albion], 1863. First Edition. Octavo; 14 +  pages. Original printed yellow wrappers. Black and white illustrations, including a lady riding a buck.
Signed fold-out transfer of patent interest tipped in at front. Interest was transferred for $500 to a Mr. Culver (?) on December 14th, 1864.
The grandiose preface begins, "The world moves!" and continues to describe many of the greatest scientific discoveries of the past century (Watt, Arkwright, and Morse), before proclaiming in no uncertain terms that John Jay Johnson's Excelsior Tanning Process has joined the pantheon. With recipes for the various bates and suds and tanning liquor, as well as dyes and waterproofing, and especial directions for tanning muskrat.
Records in OCLC put the place of printing as Kalamazoo and Albion, Michigan. Yet, given the copyright page evidence and that the firm of C.G. Beach published the Orleans Republican newspaper in Albion, New York, we believe this to be printed in New York as well. Subsequent editions were also printed in the East.
Wrappers moderately worn and some light chipping to edges. Some dampstaining to top front corners of interior, but text and illustrations unaffected. A bit worn but sound copy.