MACQUER, [Pierre Joseph].
Elemens de Chymie-Pratique contenant la description des opérations fondamentales de la chymie, avec des explications & des remarques sur chaque opération. A Paris: Chez Jean-Thomas Herissant,… 1751. [And:] Elemens de Chymie Theorique.
A Paris: Chez Jean-Thomas Herissant,… .1751
2 works in 3 volumes (the first is in 2 volumes), 12mo, 2 leaves, pp. xii, (viii), 458 [i.e. 438], (2) blank; (xvi), 468; xx [i.e. xviii], (ii), 263, (17), 4 folding engraved plates. Half-titles. A few gatherings lightly browned, paper flaw in S2 of vol. 1 without loss, also in lower margin of Kk6, and in Kk1 where the corner of the sheet is missing with loss of some 20 words or parts of words. Contemporary mottled sheep, spines gilt in compartments with two red morocco labels (numbered I–III), marbled endpapers, red edges (head of two spines and tail of one spine a little chipped), a nice set.
Reprints of the first editions (1751 and 1749 respectively) of the two works which together formed a complete course of practical chemistry for beginners. They superseded the textbooks of Lemery and Senac. Cole 882 (the Pratique). Cole does not list this reprint of the Theorique, but this copy is almost certainly the copy in “a private collection in England” noted in 884. Neville pp. 119 and 120 respectively (also in matching bindings and describing both as very rare).