Elements of chemical philosophy. Part I. Vol. I. (all pub.)


Published by Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1812, 1812
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Title: Elements of chemical philosophy. Part I. Vol...

Publisher: Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1812

Publication Date: 1812

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition


FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. 8 vo. ORIGINAL BOARDS, ORIGINAL PAPER LABEL ON SPINE. 296 pp. Twelve engraved plates. Signature of a Thomas J. Paschall dated March 5, 1813 on verso of title. Binding wear has caused some loss to paper on the spine (the original printed label is intact) and cracking to the joints, but overall the book is crisp and well-preserved with uniform light browning. Published the same year as the London original, this is the only American edition of Sir Humphry Davy's (1778-1829) classic text, the earliest connected treatise on physical chemistry. It "incorporate(d) the results of the important discoveries made by the author. These include(d) a description of fluorspar, the origin of fluoric compounds, the naming of hydrofluoric acid, and a modification of Lavoisier's classification of the elements." (Sotheran/Zeitlinger, 2nd suppl., no. 10591). Davy also included accounts of his contributions to the new science of electrochemistry which he had helped found. VERY SCARCE IN THE ORIGINAL BOARDS. Bolton I.390. Cole 345. Smith Coll., p.140. Fullmer/Davy 67. Bookseller Inventory # 000054

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