London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
GUYTON DE MORVEAU, Louis Bernard (1737-1816). Méthode de nomenclature chimique, proposée par MM. de Morveau, Lavoisier, Bertholet, & de Fourcroy. On y a joint un nouveau systême de caractères chimiques, adaptés à cette nomenclature, par MM. Hassenfratz & Adet. Paris: Cuchet, 1787. 8° (203 x 117mm). 6 folding engraved plates and a large folding printed table, half-title (some staining and spotting). 19th-century sheep-backed boards (very rubbed). FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. 'The first salvo in Lavoisier's campaign to convert the scientific world to his antiphlogistic "new chemistry" was this collaborative work by Lavoisier, Claude Berthollet, Antoine de Fourcroy and Guyton de Morveau. The new chemical nomenclature, originally developed by de Morveau before he had converted to anti-phlogisticism, was adopted by Lavoisier as a means for communicating his new chemistry; its publication in the present work marked a complete break with the past', Norman 1291.
LAVOISIER, Antoine Laurent (1743-1794). Traité élémentaire de chimie. Paris: Deterville, 1801. 2 volumes, 8° (195 x 121mm). 13 folding engraved plates by Paulze Lavoisier, 2 folding printed tables, half-titles (some light discolouration and foxing, a few stains). Contemporary calf-backed boards (rubbed). Third edition. (3)
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