Manuel de Chymie, ou Exposé des Opérations et des Produits d'un Cours de Chymie. Ouvrage utile aux personnes qui veulent suivre un Cours de cette Science, ou qui ont dessein de se former un Cabinet de Chymie.

xii, 495, [1] pp. 8vo, slightly later half-sheep, spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. Paris: Didot et al., 1763.

First edition of a very scarce and popular book; there were several later editions in French and translations into German, Italian, and English. “A compact introductory and review textbook covering the basis of all of the principal operations of chemistry and the substances treated therein.”–Cole 54. Baumé (1728-1804), was one of the leading apothecaries of Paris and manufactured drugs and other chemicals in large quantities. The researches of Baumé “cover almost the whole field of chemistry, and they were not confined to the science itself, but extended to chemical technology and to the application of the science to manufactures.”–Ferguson, I, p. 84. Very good copy. Long manuscript commendatory note about Baumé’s Chimie expérimentale et raisonnée on verso of title with some show-through, diminishing brown stain in upper corner of first 20 leaves, ink stain in lower margin of last page. Two old inscriptions on title-page, including “Blanchard ainé” (deleted) in lower margin.

❧ D.S.B., I, p. 527. Neville, I, p. 97–“Rare.” Partington, III, pp. 90-95.

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