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Henley's Formulas for Home & Workshop Hardcover – November 9, 1988

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Contains thousands of scientific formulas, food and chemical recipes and money saving ideas.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 810 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing (November 9, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517293072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517293072
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Holly Wade on July 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Yes, the original publish date on this book was in the early 1900's, but the formulas within are timeless. Most of the products can be purchased cheaply and locally in urban areas, but some cannot and to have the formulary information available is priceless. A great book for DIYer's and anyone with an appreciation for general chemistry. It's history and self reliance is indespensible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott O'Neil on January 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
People lived without the safety net back when this stuff was written. Peoples' attitudes and perceptions regarding literally everything were completely different from those commonly held and accepted today. Yes, there have been major advances in science and medicine since this book was written and as a result many things within it are totally inaccurate - but that's not the point of buying this book.

I recommend that anybody with a slightly more than passing interest in 20th Century American history or general chemistry buy this book because you will find something within its many, many pages to truly enjoy. This book was written before the advent of the Harrison Act of 1914 (making some substances into illicit drugs for the first time in our nation's history) and Prohibition and then updated in 1927 after both were in full effect. This makes for some interesting and overt juxtapositions within the work. For example, the book contains a number of formulas and recipes for various kinds of alcohol and alcoholic beverages - the manufacture and consumption of which were just as illegal then as marijuana is now. It even goes so far as to tell you how to brew and distill different beers and spirits while staying within the legal alcohol content limits and then continues on to tell you how to do it properly and go well past the legal limits. In some instances it almost seems to make a case for breaking the law. For a particularly interesting read, try to find the 1907 unrevised edition and compare it to the 1927 edition. You may notice a few differences between them such as the recipe for laudanum (opium dissolved in alcohol with various other ingredients added to tradition and taste) which is relayed in the 1907 book but completely absent from that of 1927.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randy on December 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book was written in 1908 and revised again in 1927. Back then the 'modern scientists' said that mercury and lead were actually good for you. If you read thru this and use year 2 thousand era common sense by removing the toxic substances you will be alright. Certain information is timeless. IE how to measure chicken egg freshness by using a glass container filled with salt water is harmless valuable info. Preserving eggs by dipping them into parafin or bees wax is harmless valuable information. Using lye bleach and mercury on your bare skin as a cosmetic is not harmless or valuable information.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Domenick Capobianco on May 11, 2010
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Excellent Own very old original. Comes in handy when you need it and worth the investment. Some formulas outdated-no problem identifying them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By j_operator on July 21, 2014
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Most of the information is dated, but a good portion of it has very informative and useful applications. Just understanding how every day folk were able to use and manipulate common, and not so common chemicals and processes is fascinating. This book is a treasure trove of forgotten science and remedies- well worth any small investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bigyack on January 23, 2014
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Not a bad volume covering some processes not performed anymore. it doesn't give very involved processes of preparing some of the compounds. still a very good resource for outdated materials but contains chemical compounds not available anywhere in the present day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fpooh on September 22, 2013
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I was greatly impressed by all the information I found available in this book. I love it! I will definitely have use for this in the future.
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Very informative in regards to what makes stuff work. I like it as it is written for the everyday man and not a chemist.
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