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HOME (Francis)
Essai sur le Blanchiment des Toiles. Traduit de l'Anglois de M. Home.
Paris Chez Ganeau. 1762 - FIRST FRENCH TRANSLATION. 8vo, pp. xxx [xxxi - xxxii Contents], 412 [413 - 415 Approbation, 416 blank], contemporary mottled French calf, spine gilt to a thistle motif in compartments; front free end-paper a little frayed and worn, lacks label. Home (1719 - 1813) took his M. D. From Edinburgh University in 1750, and as a practicing physician made a number of useful contributions to his profession, including an accurate clinical description of diphtheria, An Inquiry into the Nature, Cause and Cure of the Croup (1765). His Experiments on Bleaching was first published in Edinburgh in 1756 and later in Dublin in 1771. ODNB notes, "In 1756 Home turned his attention to chemistry and in Experiments on Bleaching recommended that bleachers should use dilute sulphuric acid instead of sour milk. This publication greatly increased the profitability of bleaching and the Honourable Board of Trustees for the Improvement of Manufactures in North Britain paid him £100 and presented him with a gold medal." This French translation is preceded by an enthusiastic and admiring introduction by the French translator, Pierre Henri Larcher. There are three copies in UK libraries, NLS, Leeds, and the Victoria and Albert. OCLC adds Cornell, Getty, Smithsonian, Museum of Fine Arts, Chemical Heritage, Wisconsin-Madison, two in France, and one in Germany [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: John Price Antiquarian Books, ABA, ILAB
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