CONDY, Henry Bollman

Air and Water: their impurities and purification.

London: John W. Davies… 1862

8vo, 5 leaves (including the initial blank), pp. 11–80, 2 leaves (including the final blank). Original pebbled and blind-stamped brown cloth, yellow endpapers, uncut and unopened. Pencilled note on front endpaper reads ‘500 copies printed, 200 of them bound in cloth. Sept. 29th/62.’

FIRST EDITION. Condy (1827–1907) was a chemical manufacturer. “Condy's interest in hygiene and disinfection was evident in sales of ‘ozone water’, in his patents dealing with the preparation and use of chlorine and of highly oxidized compounds of manganese, and in his authorship of five short books on the topic between 1860 and 1867. It was because of this interest that he was awarded a Red Cross medal for services rendered to the sick and wounded during the Franco-Prussian War. Solutions of sodium manganate and permanganate, patented in 1856 and 1876, were marketed as ‘Condy's fluid’, and the derived solid as ‘Condy's crystals’ ” (ODNB).


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