Frontis. port. of the author in Vol. I, different engraved vignette on each title, & 12 folding engraved plates. 2 p.l., clx, 482 pp.; 2 p.l., 671 pp.; 2 p.l., 704 pp. Three vols. 8vo, cont. Spanish (?) tree sheep (some foxing throughout, occasionally heavy; two tears in L6 of Vol. 3 unprofessionally repaired & partially obscuring some letters), brown & green morocco labels on spines. Paris: P.F. Didot, 1773.
First edition, Cole’s edition B, the “inferior” edition with the portrait and the title vignettes reversed and unsigned. “One of the very latest and at the same time the best text books based on the phlogiston theory by one of the most distinguished eighteenth century French chemists.”–Duveen, p. 53.
The fine plates depict chemical apparatus.
Very good set.
❧ Cole 45. D.S.B., I, p. 527. Ferguson, I, pp. 83-84. Neville, I, p. 96–(this edition). Partington, III, pp. 90-95.
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