AIKIN, Arthur and Charles Rochemont.

A Dictionary of Chemistry and Mineralogy, with an account of the processes employed in many of the most important chemical manufactures. To which are added a description of chemical apparatus, and various useful tables of weights and measures, chemical instruments, &c. &c. London: Printed for John and Arthur Arch… 1807. [Bound with:] An Account of the Most Important Recent Discoveries and Improvements in Chemistry and Mineralogy, to the recent time; being an appendix to their Dictionary of Chemistry and Mineralogy.

London: Printed for John and Arthur Arch… 1814

2 volumes, 4to, pp. (vii), (i), 628; 1 leaf, pp. 580, 1 leaf (errata), 2 leaves, pp. 119, (1) blank, (119)–176, and 15 engraved plates of apparatus plus 1 plate for the appendix. Contemporary calf, single gilt fillet on sides, spines gilt in compartments and with red and green morocco labels (sides a little marked, gilt a bit dull in places on volume 2). In this copy both appendixes (one for each volume) are bound together at the end of volume 2. Some light foxing but a very nice copy. Very small circular stamp of the Assay Office, Birmingham, in lower corner of front endpapers.

FIRST EDITION. “The aim of the Dictionary was to cover the parts of chemistry of interest to the manufacturer and the practical chemist. Much of the history of chemistry is omitted, as are materials relating to medicine, galvanism, etc. Theoretical matters are treated only sketchily except to give the general principles upon which manufacturing processes depend. Some hitherto unpublished material communicated by friends is included…” (Cole 16). Arthur Aikin studied chemistry under Priestley, and with his guidance made chemistry and mineralogy the chief occupations of his life. He was a founder member of the Geological Society, and for many years secretary to the Society of Arts. He wrote this large dictionary in conjunction with his brother.


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