London: John Murray`, 1821. 3 volumes. 8vo. xvi, 470; vii, [i], 546; viii, 350,  pp. SECOND EDITION. Complete with all blanks. Volume I with 3 folding engraved plates (one a frontispiece), numerous text illustrations and errata; Volume II with l plate, text illustrations and diagrams, errata; and Volume III with text woodcuts and diagrams, errata, and index. Nicely bound in green diced calf, gilt edges on covers with decorated scallop design in black on border of covers, the joints a bit rubbed and one of the labels is lacking. An especially nice copy from the library of Hugh Seymour, Warwick Society, with his armorial bookplate. Item #14536
The first edition was printed in 1819 in one volume of less than 700 pages. This second edition is essentially a new one since it is so much enlarged and greatly expanded to include chapters on early alchemists and a history of chemistry. Brande (1788-1866), apprenticed as an apothecary, studied medicine, but his main interest was chemistry. He succeeded Sir Humphry Davy to the chair of chemistry at the Royal Institution, lectured widely and was director of their laboratory and mineralogical collection. At the Royal Institution, Brande devoted himself to chemical investigation, lectures, and writing. He was assisted by Michael Faraday with the lectures as well as in editing the Quarterly Journal of Science and Art. “Never a major researcher in the sense of Davy or Faraday, he was an effective lecturer and writer of several important textbooks, all of which went through several additions” (ODNB, II, pp. 1124-1126).