London: Printed for Thomas Boys, 1819. Fourth edition. With 2 full-page engraved plates of chemical apparatus (1 as frontispiece) signed by Lowry. Complete with testimonials and publisher’s advertisements. Later calf-backed cloth boards; small tear in p. 109-110, otherwise an excellent copy. From the library of Arnold Thackray with his bookplate on the paste-down. Item #14754
Fourth edition (first published London, 1817). This collection of 160 simple experiments was “one of the most popular expositions of elementary chemistry of the time, which did much to bring the study of the science to the attention of the general public” (Neville). The first edition of 1817 sold out almost immediately after its publication, prompting four more editions in English as well as translations into several languages.
Accum (1769-1839), a German chemist, moved to London in 1793 as an engineer to the London Gas Company and librarian to the Royal Institution. Dismissed from the latter for alleged book thefts, he established his own laboratory and became one of the foremost chemists of the period. His Treatise on adulteration of food and culinary poisons aroused the public concern and resulted in the Adulteration Act of 1860.