64 pp. 8vo, attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards (minor foxing). Erfurt: Henning, 1801. First edition and very rare. Trommsdorff (1770-1837), was professor of chemistry and physics at Erfurt. "The great aim of his life was to improve the scientific position of pharmacy, and the value and success of his efforts were universally recognized...His library, laboratory and apparatus, all provided by himself, were superior to those of many public institutions."-Ferguson, II, p. 473. In the Foreword, the author describes a "probircabinet" which he first offered for sale in 1799. It was designed to assist chemists, interested amateurs, mineralogists, and manufacturers to perform chemical analyses. We learn that Trommsdorff sold these cabinets throughout Germany, and in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Hungary, and Russia. Humboldt took them on his travels to Peru and Mexico. Fine copy. ❧ D.S.B., XIII, pp. 465-66. Poggendorff, II, 1136-37. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5451)
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