LAVOISIER, Antoine Laurent. Traité Élémentaire de Chimie, présenté dans un ordre nouveau et d' après les découvertes modernes, Paris, chez Cuchet, 1789, 2 vols., 8°, FIRST EDITION, second issue, 13 folding plates by Mme. Lavoisier, 2 folding tables, half titles (vol. I very adversely affected by damp, also wormed at lower margins with occasional slight loss to last line of text), contemporary boards (rubbed). [Grolier 64; PMM 238; Sotheran I, 2497; Honeyman Pt. V, lot 1939]
Dibner Heralds of Science 43: "A decisive move in the final overthrow of alchemy and the phlogiston theory ... by the use of the balance for weight determination at every chemical change and the building of a rational system of elements, Lavoisier laid the foundation of modern chemistry. He introduced a modern definition of element and compound, explained burning and rusting as a chemical combination with oxygen, and included emission and absorption of heat in his chemical system. His concepts of the principles of the indestructibility and conservation of matter guided him in formulating his methods of organic analysis ...."
The first issue of the same year has only one volume.