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INGEN-HOUSZ, Jan (1730-1799). An Essay on the Food of Plants and the renovation of Soils. N.p., n.d. [London, 1796].
4o (255 x 209 mm). Contemporary plain blue wrappers (small circular burn-hole on upper cover).
Provenance: Prince de Rosemberg (presenation inscription from the author on front wrapper); Bergrath Heitener (signature on front wrapper); J. Christian Bay, who used this copy for his 1933 reprint of Ingen-Housz's Essay (see below).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. "Ingen-Housz's last work was a sequel to his Experiments on vegetables, summarizing the results of his research on photosynthesis and reinterpreting his findings in the light of Lavoisier's new oxygen-based chemistry" (Norman). VERY RARE NORMAN 1143.
AN ESSAY ON THE FOOD OF PLANTS... LONDON, 1933. 4O. ORIGINAL WRAPPERS. REPRINT. ONE OF 100 COPIES FOR PRIVATE DISTRIBUTION. J. CHRISTIAN BAY USED THE COPY ABOVE FOR THIS REPRINT EDITION. A PRINTED TIPPED-IN STATEMENT BY BAY READS: "OF THE ORIGINAL, PRINTED IN LONDON, IN 1796, TWO COPIES ARE KNOWN, ONE IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM (NATURAL HISTORY), THE OTHER IN A PRIVATE LIBRARY..." (3)
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