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Henley's Formulas for Home & Workshop Hardcover – November 9, 1988
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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.Read more ›
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I have a degree in Chemistry and this book is legendary. Have always wanted it.Published 9 months ago by Lil Angel
i bought this book as a gift it is a very informative and interesting bookPublished 12 months ago by Joe
An excellent glimpse into the "how to" of science and technology of 100 years ago.Published 19 months ago by Norman Young