First edition in Spanish of L’art de faire les chapeaux, the first systematic and scientific study of the ancient process of hat-making, which Jean-Antoine Nollet had written for the Description des Arts et Métiers (1765).more...
It deals with the raw materials, their preparation, manufacturing process and the dyes as well as the styles of hats. The plates, reduced and re-engraved to small 8vo size for this Spanish edition are detailed depictions of the hatter’s craft with excellent workshop scenes and diagrams of the equipment used. In common with other Arts et Métiers derived prints, they are valuable sources for contemporary industrial practice, notably of the division of labour between women and men. In the hat-making process women are seen at the beginning and end of the process: preparing raw wool (shaving, combing, cutting and carding), and the selling the finished hats—all the other processes appear to be carried out by men.
Like his French counterpart Nollet, Suárez y Nuñez was an enlightened polymath dedicated to the scientific exposition of crafts and industry. His magnum opus was the multi-volume Memorias instructivas, y curiosas: sobre agricultura, comercio, industria, economia, chyimica, botanica, historia natural, &c (1778-1791) translated from pioneering works published across Europe..see full details
A pamphlet on the advantages of free trade, written by Bentham with his disciple John Bowring in response to the new customs tariff passed by the Cortes. Bentham was inspired by the liberal Spanish government, but soon disappointed with introduction of laws which limited both personal and commercial liberties..see full details