Woodcuts in the text. xxiv, 428 pp.; 2 p.l., 364 pp., one leaf of errata. Two vols. 8vo, orig. paste-paper wrappers (minor wear, some light foxing, minor dampstain to last 20 leaves of Vol. II), uncut, orig. printed labels on spine (chipped). London: W. Phillips, 1827.
First edition in French (1st ed.: London, 1827). “This is Faraday’s only monograph; it gives a splendid picture of his experimental genius, his ability to turn things to new uses, and also of the laboratory practice of the day…parts of it at least can still be read with profit by a chemist wishing to improve his basic laboratory techniques.”–Knight, Natural Science Books in English, p. 141.
The valuable notes have been added by the translator Raymond Balthasar Maiseau (1782-1843), who also converted English weights and measures into the metric system. Much of the text was reviewed by Antoine Alexandre Brutus Bussy (1794-1882).
Very good set.
❧ Neville I, p. 443–“Rare.”.
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