NEUMANN, Caspar.

The Chemical Works…abridged and methodized. With large additions, containing the latest discoveries and improvements made in chemistry and the arts depending thereon, by William Lewis…

London: Printed for W. Johnston…G. Keith…and E. Dilly… .1759

4to, pp. (xvi), 586, (38). Contemporary calf, red morocco label on spine. Upper joint cracked at head, minor foxing at the beginning and end, a very good copy. Bookplate of William Downes on front pastedown.

FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, with considerable additions by the translator William Lewis (author of Commercium Philosophico-Technicum, London, 1763-65) from his own experiments. Neumann (1683–1737) contributed significantly to the establishment of Stahlian chemistry in Germany and its dissemination throughout Europe. “He distinguished clearly between pure and applied chemistry and insisted that the chemical approach to nature was vastly superior to the mechanical philosophy” (DSB). “The text is divided into three approximately equal parts covering the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms. One of the best textbooks of the period, it contains (according to Cole) ‘the first exposition of Stahl’s phlogiston theory in English.’ A bibliography of Neumann’s publications appears in the preface” (Neville). Cole 973. Neville II. p. 222. Partington II, pp. 702–706. Duveen has the second edition of 1773.


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