London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
BERTHOLLET, Claude Louis (1748-1822); Joseph Louis GAY-LUSSAC (1778-1850); Alexander von HUMBOLDT (1769-1859); Pierre Simon LAPLACE (1749-1827), and others -- 12 works in Mémoires de Physique et de Chimie, de la Société d'Arcueil. Paris: Bernard, veuve Bernard and veuve H. Perronneau, 1807-17. 3 volumes, 8° (191 x 123mm.) (Vol.III slightly larger). Half-titles (occasional foxing). Modern calf-backed boards.
FIRST EDITION of the full set of the publications of the Société d'Arcueil, a scientific society founded by, inter alios, Arago, Gay-Lussac, Humboldt, Laplace and Decandolle. The Memoires published some important new ideas: Malus on the polarisation of light (1809, 1817), Gay-Lussac on the free expansion of gases (1807), Humboldt and Gay-Lussac on terrestrial magnetism (1807); Gay-Lussac's law of combining volumes of gases (1809), Thenard and Biot's observation on the comparison of aragonite and calcite (one of the earliest proofs of dimorphism, 1809), Gay-Lussac and Thenard on the discovery of the amides of metal (1809), and Candolle on heliotropism (1817). (3)
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