Hartford: D. F. Robinson & Co., 1831. 12mo. vii, [ii], 10-356 pp. FIRST EDITION. Errata slip after p. 356. Numerous text illustrations. Contemporary mottled calf with red spine label; foxed end papers and some scattered spotting throughout. Overall an excellent copy with the bookplate of Arnold W. Thackray over that of the Essex Institute on the paste-down, the signature of Francis Peabody on the fly-leaf, and contemporary annotations in pencil on the back free end paper and paste down. Item #14906
First edition. “This famous textbook educated generations of American chemists in the principles of the science . . . The book was immensely popular and passed through at least fifty-four editions, possibly more” (Neville). In the preface, Comstock notes his indebtedness to several leading scientists of the day, including Faraday, Davy, Ure, and Accum.
Comstock (1789-1858) was an American physician who wrote popular textbooks on a range of scientific subjects. His publications generally went through dozens of editions and were primarily used in American schools. He collaborated often with Mrs. Jane Marcet on editions of another popular textbook, Conversations on Chemistry.