DOSSIE, Robert.

The Elaboratory laid open; or, the secrets of Modern Chemistry and Pharmacy revealed… The second edition: with considerable additions, and several emendations.

London: Printed for J. Nourse… .1768

8vo, pp. xviii, (ii), 456, (8). Contemporary speckled calf, unlettered (small chip in head of spine). Inscribed “Earl of Macclesfield” on the front endpaper, but not from the library at Shirburn.

Second and last edition, considerably enlarged to cover subjects not in the first edition of 1758. “A practical work on chemical preparations written in a clear and understandable manner. The Introduction contains descriptions of apparatus and operations. Parts II and III give the preparations, each of which is followed by a ‘Note’ commenting on details of the process, purity of product, etc… Part IV gives methods for the detection of substitutions and adulterations” (Cole). In this work Dossie paints a good picture of industrial chemistry in mid-eighteenth century England, and describes the manufacture of concentrated sulphuric acid on a commercial scale for the first time. Cole 380. Neville I, p. 380. Partington II, pp. 761–762.


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