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        Mémoires de chimie.[Paris: de l'imprimerie de Du Pont, 1792/1805].

      First edition of this very rare work; copy of the Lavoisier scholar and antiquarian Lucien Scheler, with prints of the two copper plates meant to illustrate the work but never issued, which Scheler and Duveen discovered and described together in the 1950's (see below), finely bound by Lobstein with a three page manuscript letter by Scheler about the work, together with the original wrappers. We know of just one other copy accompanied by these two plates (Haskell F. Norman). <br/><br/> "As early as 1792 Lavoisier had decided to prepare a complete edition of his memoirs which was to fill eight volumes and also contain some account of the work of those who had given support to his <i>antiphlogistic</i> theory. This project was interrupted and stopped by his imprisonment and eventual execution [in 1794]. It was an undertaking that was evidently dear to him, and which he attempted to continue while in prison, but all that he finally left behind him was the greater part of volume on, the whole of volume two, and a small part of volume four." (Duveen & Klickstein)<br/><br/> "The unpublished sheets remained with Mme. Lavoisier, who published the <i>Mémoires</i> in 1805 with a brief introduction of her own. These volumes have only half titles to designate them, with no indication of publisher, place, or date. Never offered for sale, the <i>Mémoires</i> were presented by Mme. Lavoisier to Lavoisier's former friends and a selected number of institutions. Consequently, the book is of great rarity." (Neville).<br/><br/> "The collection contains thirty-nine memoirs, twenty-nine by Lavoisier, of which twelve appear here for the first time; the remaining memoirs are by Séguin, Meusnier, Brisson, Vauquelin, Macquart and Fourcroy. The fifth memoir in Vol. II conatins Lavoisier's claim to the discovery of the theory of oxidation" (Norman). The contents of this importnat and final work by Lavoisier are discussed in detail by Duveen and Klickstein.<br/><br/> Norman 1297; Duveen & Klickstein 186-200; Neville p.17; Partington III:372; Thornton & Tully 168. <br/><br/> Provenance: This copy belonged to the Lavoisier scholar and famous antiquarian Lucien Scheler (1902-1999), and is accompanied by a three page letter by him about the work and the two plates bound in with this copy. There are references to illustrations in the <i>Mémoires</i> but no plates were accompanied with the work when Mme. Lavoisier distributed copies. In 1950 two copper plates were discovered in the addict of Mme P. de Chazelles. Scheler had prints taken of these plates and together with Denis Duveen he published an article describing these hitherto unknown illustrations for the <i>Mémoires</i> [Duveen & Scheler: Des illustrations inédites pour les Mémoires de Chimie, ouvrage posthume de Lavoisier. In: Revue d'histoire des sciences et de leurs applications. 1959, Tome 12 n°4. pp. 345-353]. The original copper plates are now, together with 108 prints, at the Lavoisier Archive in Cornell University. It was probably the intention of Duveen and Scheler that these prints were to be distributed out to institutions and other owners of the <i>Mémoires</i> but it seems that only very few received these prints. Haskell F. Norman acquired his copy of the <i>Mémoires</i> from Emil Offenbacher but often dealt with Scheler and thus probably received a set of the prints from him. We have been unable to find copies, besides the Norman copy and the present, having the plates.. 8vo (208 x 128 mm), three volumes bound in two fine half calf bindings with vellum corners by Alain Lobstein, preserving all the original wrappers and spine strips, pp [4] [1] 2-416; [4] [1] 2-413 [1]; [1] 2-64, and two folding engraved plates bound in at the end of the second volume, Scheler letter bound in at the beginning of first volume. A very fine and clean copy. A copy of the Duveen & Scheler article describing and depicting the plates accompanies the set

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        Pasiphaë. A Poem by...

      (London: Golden Cockerel Press 1950).. Limited edition, no. 81 of 100 specially bound copies with an extra engraving, from a total edition of 500, 8vo, 40 pp. 7 copper engravings by John Buckland-Wright. Original purple vellum by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt spine title and vignette to upper cover, some light rubbing, spine sunned, t.e.g. "Correctly printed for the first time" from the manuscript. Cock-a-Hoop 185.

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