KLAPROTH, Martin Heinrich, and Friedrich Benjamin WOLFF.
Dictionnaire de Chimie. Traduit de l’allemand, avec des notes, par E.J.B. Bouillon-Lagrange…et par H.A. Vogel…
A Paris: Chez Klostermann fils… [–1811].1810
4 volumes, 8vo, pp. viii, 494, engraved frontispiece portrait and 7 engraved plates; 2 leaves, 542 pages; 2 leaves, 512 pages, 1 engraved plate; 2 leaves, 569 pages. Half-titles. Some foxing, mostly very mild. Contemporary marbled boards and sheep spines, spines ruled and lettered in gilt (upper joint of vol. 4 cracked and head of spine worn, very slight chips in heads of two other spines). Purchase note of Ferdinand Negri on half-title of vol. 1, with note that the book contains interesting articles on arts and trades; bookplates of Franz Sondheimer.
FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH of “the first German chemical dictionary” (Sotheran, Second Supp., 11215), originally published in Berlin in 1807–1810. “Klaproth was the foremost supporter of Lavoisier’s antiphlogistic theory in Germany, and in addition to his classic researches in analytical chemistry, he wrote an excellent chemical dictionary… The translators added valuable notes and state in their preface that all the important advances in chemistry since the beginnings of the science have been included. Detailed quantitative analytical data on chemical compounds and minerals, as well as the latest theories, are presented” (Neville). Cole 729. Neville I, p. 732.
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