DELORMOIS. ~ L’Art de faire l’Indienne a l’instar d’Angleterre, et de composer toutes les couleurs, bon teint, propres à l’Indienne. Suivi de la façon de faire toutes les couleurs en liqueur, pour peindre sur les étoffes de soie, pour la miniature, le lavis des plans, & pour colorer les bois, les plumes, la paille, le crin, &c. Paris: Charles-Antoine Jombert, 1770.
12mo (180 × 110 mm), pp. xxiii, , 94,  (final blank used as rear pastedown). Dampstain to margins of final gathering. Uncut in contemporary marbled wrappers. Letterpress advert for bookseller, Alexandre Jombert jeune (presumably the publisher’s son) pasted to front pastedown. A good, unsophisticated copy.
First edition of probbaly the first book dedicated exclusively to calico printing (L’indienne). The author describes pattern design, woodblock cutting, methods of block printing, and numerous colour formulae. The latter, as explained in the introduction can equally be adapted to silk dying and painting for makers of artificial flowers, for fan painting and for colouring straw, wood, leather and paper. The book also provides a valuable account of the different designs ‘a l’indienne’ (chintz) then in vogue.
Printed calicos were the dominant force in English and French fashion of the eighteenth-century, having first been introduced as original imported from India in the seventeenth century and then eagerly copied by Europeans. By Delormois’s time, the English led the way in technical innovation, but were soon matched by the superb productions of pioneers such as Oberkampf, the originator of toile de jouy.
Separately published, the work was marketed as a ‘suite’ to Delormois’s ealrier Nouveau Teinturier parfait (1716), and contains a half-title and drophead title to that effect.