The First Principles of Chemistry. The second edition, with improvements.

London: Printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row. .1792

8vo, pp. xxxi, 546, (4) index, (2) blank, 1 folding engraved plate of apparatus. Original boards, neatly rebacked, new printed paper label, uncut. Title and dedication leaves creased, a little foxing. Library inscription at top of title, shelfmark on front pastedown, and stamp on a few other pages and the plate.

Second edition. Nicholson (1753–1815), translator of Fourcroy and Chaptal, and editor of the first general scientific periodical in England published independently of the academies, was one of the important British figures in the new chemical movement. In this voluminous textbook on chemistry, dedicated to Cavendish, he explained both the phlogistic and antiphlogistic theories, as he considered them equally probable. “The text is divided into two books, I. General Chemistry includes heat, construction of thermometers, combustion, methods of making experiments with gases, an account of balances and elective attractions; II includes general principles of bodies, acids, metals, mineral combustibles, vegetable and animal products. The useful treatment in I. of thermometers and balances is not found in many texts” (Cole). Cole 977: “In the second edition the author has revised the work to some extent and inserted new discoveries.” Neville II, p. 228 (with incorrect collation). Partington III, p. 490 and IV, p. 19.


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