A compendium of the course of chemical instruction in the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania...Printed for the use of his pupils.

Philadelphia: J. G. Auner; E. L. Carey & A. Hart, 1834. 8vo in-4. xxii, 362, [2], [363]-374; iii, [i], 90, [2]; viii, 48; 11, [1] pp. Second edition. With 23 plates total and numerous text illustrations throughout. Sheepskin, leather spine label with gilt lettering, boards rubbed and some chips along the spine, but overall in good condition and well intact; interior browned and foxed, a few pages more soiled than the rest, but the plates are remarkably clean. Contemporary annotations in pencil, particularly on the end papers and paste downs. Previous owner signatures on front end paper and on the title page, and the loose bookplate of Arnold Thackray. Item #14969

The rare second edition of Hare’s Compendium, with added material not called for in Neville and Cole (pages 363-374, which is entitled “Of Salts”). This textbook was a highly original and popular work that went through several editions. The illustrations primarily depict apparatus – most of which were thought up by Hare himself – and, though unsigned, are very finely executed. Neville, quoting from Smith’s Old Chemistries, says that “... the book was unique, just as unique as Robert Hare himself, and original as few other books on descriptive chemistry have ever been.”

Three other works (all first editions) are bound into this volume - apparently not an uncommon practice as Neville notes six additional works (including those listed here) bound with his copy. Other than the Compendium, only the Exposition has its own separate title page. Given that Hare worked primarily with university students and intended many of his works to be used as tools of instruction, this might explain the presence of additions and variations between copies. Furthermore, according to the preface to the main work, Hare was evidently rushed to finish this greatly expanded and corrected second edition after the success of the first edition in 1828. “Hence, I have been unable to prepare the whole previously to the commencement of the present session; and am consequently obliged to issue it in numbers.” It is possible that the extra materials so often bound with the Compendium were actually intended by the author to accompany and enhance the second edition, rather than being issued as separate publications entirely.

Hare (1781-1858) was a Philadelphia brewer and self-taught chemist. In addition to running the family brewery, he taught natural philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. “Few American chemists of the early nineteenth century taught more students than Hare. As a professor in the country’s largest medical school for twenty-nine years, he transmitted chemistry to a proportionately large segment of the medical profession” (DSB).

All of these works are very rare; OCLC locates only six copies that agree with the pagination of the Compendium, including the extra pages.

Price: $550.00

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