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Chemical Essays, principally relating to - PARKES, Samuel - 1815. 
23 engraved plates (several lightly browned with faint offsetting onto opposing pages). Five vols. Small 8vo, attractive cont. patterned cloth, red leather labels on spines. London: Printed for the Author, 1815. First edition, and a lovely set, of "an important work in which Parkes gives a detailed account of the chemically based industries of the early nineteenth century. Included are chapters on the manufacture of glass, dyes and pigments, bleaching, soapmaking, acids, alkalies, salts, metals, nonmetals, ceramics, pottery, glazes, mortars, cements, leather tanning, distillation, and brewing. 'In selecting the subjects, the author has fixed upon those which seem to have been the least examined by other chemical writers' (I, vii)â¦The plates are of fine quality, clear and precise. A detailed index to the five volumes completes the work."-Neville, II, p. 265-(our copy's collation identical to Neville's). Parkes (1761-1825), was a soapmaker and technical chemist. Fine set of a popular work. There were later editions in English and translations into German, French, and Italian. ? Cole 1006-"A collection of essays on industrial processes by a practical manufacturing chemist. The essays contain much of historical interest. The plates are for the most part from the original drawings of equipment for new processes." Partington, III, p. 706.
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