Title: Traité de chimie Organique
Publisher: Paris: Didot, 1853
Publication Date: 1853
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
4 vols. FIRST EDITION. 8 vo. Contemp. three-quarter lea. with marbled boards, vol. 3 rebacked with the orig. spine laid down and vol. 4 rebacked very closely matching the set. (4), iii, (1), 848; (4) 976, (1, errata); (4), 1008; (4), 1110 pp. The COPY of the American chemist, Josiah P. Cooke (1827-94), with his bookplate in each volume. Cooke is regarded as the founder of the chemical and mineralogical departments at Harvard where he was Erving professor. He did basic work on determining the atomic weights of elements, and his student, Theodore W. Richards (1868-1928), who collaborated with Cooke and followed the line of his researches, was awarded the 1914 Nobel prize in chemistry, the first American to be so honored. A fine, crisp set. Charles Gerhardt (1816-56) studied with Liebig in Germany and with Dumas in France, where he met Laurent. Together they developed an important theory of types as a classification scheme in organic chemistry. The theory of types, combined with Gerhardt's idea of homologous series, gave a general system of classification with some predictive power. The 'Traite', Gerhardt's largest work and partly posthumous, ".is a systematic and detailed text based on the unitary system." (Cole 519). W.H. Brock, 'Hist. chem.' (1993), p. 230 - headline quotation. D.S.B. III: 369-375. Partington IV.408.III. Bolton I.475. Edelstein 975. Smith Coll., p.191 (mostly reprint vols.). Bookseller Inventory # 000408
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