Macquer’s Definitive Text

Dictionnaire de Chymie, contenant la Théorie & la Pratique de cette Science, son Application à la Physique, à l'Histoire naturelle, à la Médecine & à l'Économie animale; avec l'Explication détaillée de la Vertu & de la Maniere d'agir des Médicamens chymiques; & les Principes fondamentaux des Arts, Manufactures & Métiers dépendans de la Chymie.

xxx, [2], 582, one blank leaf; 1 p.l., [3]-655, [1] pp.; 1 p.l., [3]-647 pp. Three vols. 8vo, cont. half-sheep (edges & corners a little worn, head of spine of Vol. I worn & foot a little chipped). Yverdon: [no printer], 1767.

Third and definitive edition of the first modern chemical dictionary. Although technical dictionaries had appeared earlier, this was the first attempt to cover the whole field of chemistry, pure and applied, in an encyclopedic manner. The 26-page introduction traces the progress of chemistry from its origins to the time of Stahl and Boerhaave. The book was an immediate success and it was several times reprinted and translated; it produced many imitators. There are substantial entries for glass and wine.

“This Swiss edition is the first to be printed outside France. It ‘was copied from the original Paris edition, and the printer took note of all four substantial alterations listed after the preliminary discourse, making this the only version of the first edition with Macquer’s definitive text’.”–Neville, II, pp. 114-15.

Minor foxing but a very good set. Small printed book label of Citoyen J.-B. Breitel on titles.

❧ Cole 865. D.S.B., VIII, pp. 618–624. Partington III, pp. 80–90.

Price: $1,250.00

Item ID: 3225