A LOVELY COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION

Dictionnaire de chymie, contenant la théorie & la pratique de cette science, son application à la Médecine & l’economie animale. . . .

Paris: Chez Lacombe, 1766. Two volumes. 8vo. xxvi, [ii], 616; [iv], 686, [2] pp. First edition, state B (see Neville). Complete with the avertissement in Volume I and the half-title in Volume II (not called for in Volume I). Woodcut head- and tailpieces. Pages 609-612 duplicated in Volume II. Contemporary cats-paw calf binding with gilt edges, raised bands and decorative gilt patterns on spines with morocco label, edges stained red, some wear at head and tail of spine and corners; interior in excellent condition. With the bookplate of Arnold Thackray on the paste-downs. Item #14984

First edition, state B (see Neville). Always the perfectionist, Macquer originally published this work anonymously “because he was concerned that his reputation might suffer as he had not been able to make it as perfect as he wished” (Neville). Fortunately for the author this work was an instant success and inspired several editions and translations as well as many pirated copies. “By far the most important of Macquer’s works: there had been technical dictionaries before but this was the first dictionary of theoretical and general chemistry; its success soon produced many imitators” (Duveen).

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