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ELEMENS D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE ET DE CHIMIE; Seconde edition des Lecons Elementaires sur ces deux sciences, publiees en 1782.
Paris, Chez Cuchet, 1786.SECOND EDITION 1786, 4 volumes, complete set, French text. 8vo, approximately 200 x 125 mm, 8 x 5 inches, a few pictorial head - and tailpieces, 8 folding tables in Volume IV, pages: xcix, (1), 426; (4), 523, (1); (4), 547, (1); (4), 537, including index, complete with half - titles, bound in contemporary half leather over speckled paper boards, raised bands and gilt rules to spines, contrasting gilt lettered morocco labels, edges speckled red. Slight wear and some small chips to bindings, corners worn, 2 tiny holes in spine of Volume I, upper hinge of Volume II just starting to crack at tail, small crack and pinhole in lower hinge of Volume IV, plus a small hole near head of spine repaired with darker leather, shelf numbers on pastedowns, a tiny area of worming on endpapers and half - title of Volume I, 2 initials stamped in top margin of title pages, some pages lightly age - browned, small closed tear to 2 lower margins, 1 fore - edge margin slightly chipped due to paper flaw. Bindings tight and firm. A very good clean set. The first edition was published in 1782 and both first and second editions are scarce. The author tells us in his Preface that the second edition is a very different work from the first, there are large additions and it has been much revised and corrected. Fourcroy (1755 - 1809) was born in Paris and studied medicine, graduating in 1780. Instead of practising he immediately turned his attention to the study of science and in particular chemistry. With the help of Buffon in 1784 he succeeded Macquer to the chair of Chemistry in the Jardin des Plantes and became a pioneer in the field of organic chemistry. He worked with Lavoisier on the new nomenclature for chemistry. He was a Deputy at the National Convention, and became one of the leading members of the Committee of Public Instruction. He assisted in organising the Ecole Polytechnique and in founding schools of medicine and was created director general of Public Instruction. His researches covered the whole field of chemistry but his most important investigations referred to animal substances, the study of which had never been so systematically undertaken previously. His teaching and researches resulted in the publication of several important works, this being his first. Ferguson, Bibliotheca Chemica, page 287 - 88; Duveen, Bibliotheca Alchemica et Chemica, page 225; Wellcome, III, 47 listing first and third editions. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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