Chymie Expérimentale et Raisonnée.
A Paris: Chez P. Franc. Didot le jeune, .1773
3 volumes, 8vo, 2 leaves, pp. clx, 482, (2) blank, fine engraved frontispiece portrait and 8 folding engraved plates, and 8 pages of Théophile Barrois’ adverts inserted before the half-title; 2 leaves, 671 pages, 2 folding plates; 2 leaves, 704 pages, 2 folding plates. Half-titles, different engraved vignette on each title. Some light foxing and browning throughout. Contemporary mottled sheep, spines ruled in gilt with red and green morocco labels (ends of spines neatly repaired).
FIRST EDITION, Cole’s edition A, the “best” edition with the portrait and the title vignettes signed. “One of the very latest and at the same time the best text books based on the phlogiston theory by one of the most distinguished eighteenth century French chemists” (Duveen). The plates depict chemical apparatus. Cole 45. Duveen, p. 53. Ferguson, I, pp. 83–84. Neville I, pp. 95–96 (this edition). Partington, III, pp. 90–95.