Experiments made in Order to ascertain the Nature of some Mineral Substances; and, in particular, to see how far the Acids of Sea-Salt and of Vitriol contribute to mineralize Metallic and other Substances…Read at the Royal Society, June 20, 1776.

chemistry, mineralogy, science. 19 pp. Large 4to, later wrappers, uncut. London: 1777.

The very uncommon separately paginated offprint of the first Bakerian lecture. Woulfe (1727?-1803), chemist and mineralogist, was an inventor of the familiar two-necked bottle generally known as a Woulfe’s bottle, a standard item of equipment in chemical laboratories. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1767.

This work is a description “of 25 experiments made to determine the extent of mineralization by acid of salt (hydrochloric) and acid of vitriol (sulphuric). The conclusion reached was that silver and mercury are the only metals mineralized by acid of salt and that the mineral formed also contains acid of vitriol.”–Cole 1389.

Fine copy.

❧ D.S.B., XIV, pp. 508-09. Schuh, Mineralogy & Crystallography: A Biobibliography, 1469 to 1920, 5085–“Rare.”.

Price: $1,650.00

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