Two folding printed tables & 13 folding engraved plates, drawn & engraved by Madame Lavoisier. xliv, 322 pp.; viii, 331 pp. Two vols. 8vo, antique sheep-backed marbled boards (some foxing), flat spines gilt. Paris: Cuchet, 1793.
Although described as the “seconde édition” on the title, this seems to follow a pirated “seconde édition” printed by de Boiste earlier in the same year. Our edition was printed by Chardon.
“One of the great milestones in the history of chemical literature. By common consent modern chemistry begins with this work, ‘which finally freed the science from its phlogiston chains and formed the starting point of its modern progress. It may be said to have done almost as much for chemistry as Newton’s Principia did for physics’ (Zeitlinger). Lavoisier used the balance to demonstrate the weight of matter at every chemical change, defined the terms element and compound, explained combustion and the rusting of metals as a chemical combination with oxygen, and through his concept of the conservation of matter developed methods of chemical analysis. The book contains the first list of twenty-three chemical elements and their compounds.”–Neville, II, p. 21.
Very good set.
❧ Cole 778. Duveen & Klickstein 157. Neville, II, p. 23.
Item ID: 1778