Dictionnaire de Chimie, contenant la théorie et la pratique de cette science, son application a l’histoire naturelle et aux arts.

A Paris: Imprimerie de Chaignieau ainé. An XI. — .1803

4 volumes, 8vo, pp. cc, 448, 1 folding engraved plate; 560, 3 folding plates; 726, 1 folding plate; 607, 1 folding plate. Half-titles. Contemporary tree calf, flat spines richly gilt with two green morocco labels, orange endpapers. A little foxing, tips of some corners worn, but a very nice set. Signature of D’Hargevillier(?) on titles.

FIRST EDITION of the first chemical dictionary to be published after the discoveries of Lavoisier. “As a scientist Cadet is noteworthy for his part in the diffusion and popularization of the New Chemistry rather than for any specific discovery. His most important work, the four-volume Dictionnaire de Chimie, published in 1803 and dedicated to Fourcroy, replaced the old chemical dictionary of Macquer. Cadet’s Dictionnaire clearly elucidated the revolutionary changes that had occurred in chemistry and in chemical nomenclature” (DSB, III, p. 6). At the end is a large index and an extensive bibliography of works cited in the text. The plates depict chemical apparatus. This was the only French edition. Cole 227. Neville I, p. 233.


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