Dictionarium Polygraphicum. The method of aluming of stuffs, particularly for dying reds.

Dictionarium Polygraphicum:
Or, The Whole Body of Arts Regularly Digested.
Vol I.
London: Printed for C. Hitch and C. Davis in Pater-noster Row, and S. Austen in St. Paul's Church Yard. MDCCXXXV.
Hang rain or running water over the fire, adding one third part of the starch or bran water; put in for every pound of stuff two ounces of Allum, and an ounce of tartar, and when it boils and froths, first skim it, and then put in the stuff, stir it very well about for an hour, then take it out and rinse it.

The quantity of Allum must always be double to that of the tartar; some dyers reject red wine tartar, and use only white; others esteem the red better, especially for crimsons and all brownish red dyes; and indeed it is very good in all good stuffs, that require a little red, preparatory ground, before they are dyed black.

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