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)
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
No VAT on hammer price or buyer's premium.
The Plantin Polyglot bible — offered on 11 July — makes an emotional homecoming to the Antwerp printing press where it was produced some 450 years ago
Marianne Ihlen inspired some of the Canadian poet and musician’s greatest work. A selection of his gifts to her are offered in Valuable Books & Manuscripts on 11 July
What leading art, technology and finance specialists said at the inaugural Art +Tech Summit at Christie’s in London
From Connecticut to Kent in southeast England, homes with links to such classic works as Desire under the Elms, Lord of the Flies and The Deep Blue Sea