Essays and Observations, Physical and Literary, read before a Society in Edinburgh, volume II, pp.157-225. Edinburgh: G. Hamilton and J. Balfour, 1756. 8° (205 x 125 mm). Contemporary calf, gilt, red leather lettering-piece (light wear at head and foot of spine and corners, front cover becoming loose). Provenance: THE NORMAN COPY (book-label). " /> BLACK, Joseph (1728-1799). "Experiments upon Magnesia Alba, Quicklime, and some other Alcaline Substances", in: <I>Essays and Observations, Physical and Literary, read before a Society in Edinburgh</I>, volume II, pp.157-225. Edinburgh: G. Hamilton and J. Balfour, 1756. 8° (205 x 125 mm). Contemporary calf, gilt, red leather lettering-piece (light wear at head and foot of spine and corners, front cover becoming loose). <I>Provenance</I>: THE NORMAN COPY (book-label). | Christie's
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    Landmarks of Science & Medicine from the Library of Andras Gedeon

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

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    BLACK, Joseph (1728-1799). "Experiments upon Magnesia Alba, Quicklime, and some other Alcaline Substances", in: Essays and Observations, Physical and Literary, read before a Society in Edinburgh, volume II, pp.157-225. Edinburgh: G. Hamilton and J. Balfour, 1756. 8° (205 x 125 mm). Contemporary calf, gilt, red leather lettering-piece (light wear at head and foot of spine and corners, front cover becoming loose). Provenance: THE NORMAN COPY (book-label).

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    BLACK, Joseph (1728-1799). "Experiments upon Magnesia Alba, Quicklime, and some other Alcaline Substances", in: Essays and Observations, Physical and Literary, read before a Society in Edinburgh, volume II, pp.157-225. Edinburgh: G. Hamilton and J. Balfour, 1756. 8° (205 x 125 mm). Contemporary calf, gilt, red leather lettering-piece (light wear at head and foot of spine and corners, front cover becoming loose). Provenance: THE NORMAN COPY (book-label).

    FIRST APPEARANCE of 'the first quantitative study in chemistry' (Gedeon p.117). 'Black demonstrated that an aeriform fluid that he called "fixed air" (carbon dioxide gas) was a quantitative constituent of various alkaline substances such as magnesia alba (magnesium carbonate), potash, lime, and soda', Norman 239; Partington III, pp. 130-143; cf. Garrison-Morton 919.


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