GREN, Friedrich Albrecht Carl.

Principles of Modern Chemistry, systematically arranged. Translated from the German; with notes and additions, concerning later discoveries, by the translator, and some necessary tables.

London: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. & W. Davies… .1800

2 volumes, 8vo, 1 leaf, pp. (xvii), (i), 448, 1 leaf, 6 engraved plates with 6 leaves of explanatory text; 1 leaf, pp. iv, 1 leaf (errata), pp. 498, 1 leaf (blank), 1 double-page engraved plate of chemical symbols. Contemporary tree calf, flat spines gilt with red and green morocco labels. Some minor foxing, short crack at top of one joint, but a very nice set. Signature of George Ure at top of each title-page.

FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of Gren’s Grundriss der Chemie, with additions and notes by the translator, Dr. Gruber, an Austrian resident in London. “Although the author had his own eclectic theory of chemistry he has followed the antiphlogistic system in this work” (Cole). The text also describes glass- and ceramic-making techniques, dyeing, brewing, etc. Gren (1760–1798), founder of the Journal der Physik which became the Annalen der Physik and Germany’s most exciting scientific journal, slowly adopted Lavoisier’s theories, which helped to prepare the way for the ultimate acceptance of his ideas in Germany. Cole 554. Duveen p. 268. Neville I, p. 548. Partington III, pp. 575–577.


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