1860 · New York:
by MUSPRATT, James Sheridan (1821-1871).
New York:: William Mackenzie, 1860., 1860. 2 volumes bound as 3. 4to. [vi], 9, , 836; 10, 592; -1186 pp. Engraved frontis., engr. half-title, 31 engraved portrait plates, 453 + 655 figs.; foxed. Original half black calf, maroon leather gilt-stamped spine labels, marbled boards; boards heavily rubbed. Ownership signature of Chivas A. Simpson. Very good. Muspratt was an Irish research chemist and teacher, who worked with a number of luminaries in the field of chemistry and in 1848 founded the Liverpool College of Chemistry. His most significant contribution to chemistry was this immensely popular encyclopedia of chemistry. / Among the chemical topics detailed within, all aspects and uses of: acetic acid, alcohol, alum, ammonia, antimony, arsenic, balsams, bee, benzol, bismuth, bitumen, bleaching, bone-black, boracic acid, borax, bread, bromine, butter, candle, caoutchouc, cement, cheese, chloroform, cider, citric acid, cobalt, coffee, copper alloys, copper salts, disinfectants, dyeing & calico-printing, electro-metallurgy, enamels, ether, fuel, gas, gelatin, glass, glycerin, gold, gums, gum-resin, gun-cotton, gunpowder, gutta-percha, hydrocyanic acid, ink, iodine, iron, lead, leather, magnesia, manganese, manure, mercury, nickel, nitric acid, oil, opium, oxalic acid, paper, perfumery, phosphorus, photography, platinum, potassium, pottery, quinin, resins, silver, soap, sodium, starch, strontium, sugar, sulphur, sulphuric acid, tin, ultramarine, varnish, water, wine, and zinc. / The large engraved plates feature portraits of many 'heroes' in the history of chemistry, complete with a facsimile of each person's signature: Professor Sheridan Muspratt, Baron Berzelius, Joseph Black, William Thomas Brande, Professor Bunsen, Jean-Antoine Chaptal, Professor Michel Eugene Chevreul, John Dalton, Sir Humphry Davy, Professor Jean-Baptiste Dumas, Thomas Faraday, George Townes, Leopold Gmelin, Thomas Graham, Andrew Ure, William Gregory, M.D., A.W. Hofmann, Prof. Eben Norton Horsford, Sir Robert Kane, Lavoisier, Baron Justus Liebig, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, Eilhard Mitscherlich, Prof. Campbell Morift, Lyon Playfair, Joseph Priestley, Prof. Heinrich Rose, Thomas Thomson, Prof. Friedrich Wohler, and William Hyde Wolaston. "The present work is really a masterpiece, as it provides an essentially complete picture of the state of chemistry and chemical technology in the middle of the nineteenth century." – The Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library, vol. 2, p. 205. PROVENANCE: Chivas A. Simpson, D.D. Dewar, T.A. Simpson, were directors for the James Simpson & Sons, Ltd., Malt Distillery (est. 1823). REFERENCES: Bolton 690; Cole 966; Duveen 652; Edelstein 3313; Morgan 549; Partington, IV, 437; Roller & Goodman, II, 223; Smith 339. (Inventory #: SW1571)