Three folding engraved plates. xxx, , 443 pp. Two parts in one vol. 8vo, cont. half-sheep & speckled boards, flat spine gilt, blue morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Deterville, 1801.
Second edition of this “pioneer work in which [Lavoisier] first gives a historical survey of previous workers’ efforts and then describes his own experiments on gases and the conclusions to be derived from them.”–Duveen & Klickstein, p. 94.
“The genuine second edition in which Deterville has reprinted the entire book with the errata corrected in the text and with the plates reengraved by Tardieu senior. Another so-called seconde edition published in 1801 is merely a reissue of the first edition, with the replacement of the dedication leaf to Trudaine de Montigny by a half title and a new title page, and with the same plates as the 1774 issue. The present edition is the first new printing of the Opuscules since Lavoisier’s death in 1794.”–Neville, II, p. 19.
A very fine copy.
❧ Cole 769. Duveen & Klickstein 123. Neville, II, p. 19–“It exerted a tremendous influence on Continental chemists and set the stage for Lavoisier’s overthrow of the phlogiston theory.”.
Item ID: 1771