One large folding printed table & six folding engraved plates. 2 p.l., 314 pp. 8vo, cont. mottled calf (foot of one joint repaired). Paris: Cuchet, 1787.
First edition, second issue, of one of the key books in the history of modern chemistry. Lavoisier’s discoveries made a new and rational chemical nomenclature imperative. Initiated by Guyton de Morveau, still an adherent of the phlogiston theory, the project was taken up by Lavoisier, who soon convinced Guyton of the truth of his system. They entered into collaboration with Berthollet and Fourcroy. The result of their combined efforts is contained in the present volume, the most important milestone in the development of chemical nomenclature. The new nomenclature, with only slight modifications, is still the basis of the language of modern chemistry.
In the second printing of the first edition, the following pages are misnumbered: 241-56 instead of 257-72.
Very good copy.
❧ Cole 566. Duveen & Klickstein 129. Sparrow, Milestones of Science, p. 27 and plate 113.
Item ID: 1792