BAUMÉ, [Antoine].

Manuel de Chymie, ou exposé des opérations et des produits d'un cours de chymie. Ouvrage utile aux personnes qui veulent suivre un cours de cette science, ou qui ont dessein de se former un cabinet de chymie.

A Paris: Chez Didot [etc.], .1763

Small 8vo, pp. xii, 495, (1). Long manuscript commendatory note about Baumé’s Chimie expérimentale et raisonnée on verso of title with some show-through, diminishing brown stain in upper corner of first 20 leaves, ink stain in lower margin of last page. Near-contemporary half sheep, spine gilt with red label. Two old inscriptions on title-page, including “Blanchard ainé” (deleted) in lower margin.

FIRST EDITION of a very scarce and popular book; there were several later editions in French, and translations into German, Italian, and English. “A compact introductory and review textbook covering the basis of all of the principal operations of chemistry and the substances treated therein” (Cole). Baumé (1728–1804) was one of the leading apothecaries of Paris and manufactured drugs and other chemicals in large quantities. His researches “cover almost the whole field of chemistry, and they were not confined to the science itself, but extended to chemical technology and to the application of the science to manufactures” (Ferguson). Cole 54. DSB, I, p. 527. Ferguson, I, p. 84. Neville I, p. 97 (“Rare”). Partington, III, pp. 90–95.


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