London: Knight and Lacey, 1824-1825. 8vo. viii, 368, 385-448, 8; [viii], 480 pp., including index in each volume. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. Lacking only the week of Saturday, August 21, 1824 (No. XXIV). Numerous text illustrations and tables. Contemporary half-calf and marbled boards; an excellent copy from the libraries of the Essex Institute, Library of Francis Peabody, and Arnold Thackray, with their respective bookplates and the signature of Francis Peabody in both volumes. Item #14759
First and only edition. Fifty-seven (of the entire run of fifty-eight) issues of the short-lived “first English periodical on chemistry.” Published weekly between March 13, 1824 and April 16, 1825, the Chemist was established as “a repository of every valuable discovery, either in chemistry or the sciences connected with it.” According to Sotheran, the second volume is especially rare, and more so it’s title and notice which are nearly always missing (which do appear in this copy).
Of particular interest is the column, “To Correspondents” which appears at the end of each weekly number. The editors often utilize this space to provide personal opinions as to many of the letters they receive (including, without limitation, corrections that may have been pointed out in such correspondence), the majority of which are, for various reasons, unable to be printed.