BERZELIUS, Jöns Jacob.
De l’Emploi du Chalumeau dans les Analyses chimiques et les Déterminations minéralogiques. Traduit du Suedois par F. Fresnel. Édité par Méquignon-Marvis père.
8vo, 2 leaves, 396 pages, 4 folding engraved plates. Contemporary polished green sheep-backed marbled boards, flat spine nicely gilt. A fine and attractive copy.
A later edition in French (1st edition, in Swedish: 1820) of this very scarce and famous work in which Berzelius describes the use of the blowpipe in chemistry and mineralogy. “The scientific apparatus and reagents available in Sweden when Berzelius began his work were very inadequate… The new forms of apparatus that he built were described in the various editions of his textbook and became standard pieces of equipment in laboratories all over the world. He was especially skillful in the use of the blowpipe, which had been developed in the Scandinavian countries. He utilized it in many of his analytical procedures, and the book that he wrote concerning it popularized its use abroad” (DSB, II, p. 93). The apparatus which Berzelius developed allowed him to greatly improve the accuracy of qualitative and quantitative analysis, and he introduced many new methods. Partington, IV, pp. 146–149.
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