MACQUER, [Pierre Joseph].

Dictionnaire de Chymie, contenant la théorie et la pratique de cette science, son application à la physique, à l’histoire naturelle, à la médecine, & aux arts dépendans de la chymie. Seconde edition, revue & considérablement augmentée.

A Paris: Chez P. Fr. Didot jeune,… .1778

4 volumes, small 8vo, pp. xxxvii, (iii), 568; 2 leaves, pp. 655; 2 leaves, pp. 520; 1 leaf, pp. 776. Without the errata leaves in vols. 2, 3 and 4, and the inserted leaf paginated *335–*336 in vol. 4. Nineteenth century quarter green morocco and marbled sides. Upper margin trimmed a little close in places, but a very good set.

Second edition. “It is the genuine second edition as written by Macquer, whose name now appears on the title and whose reputation had by this time greatly increased. An important addition is the 168-page article on gas, a topic that was almost entirely new and had not been mentioned in the first edition… While the number of articles remains almost the same, the work is nearly twice as long owing to the inclusion of an up-to-date account of chemistry and much new material…” (Neville). Macquer also added a large index to this edition. Cole 868, noting that other copies seen also lack errata leaves. DSB, VIII, pp. 618–624. Neville p. 113. See Parkinson, Breakthroughs, 1766. Although designated the (genuine) second edition on the title-page, this is actually the fifth appearance in French of this important and influential dictionary.


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