Paris: Chez Cuchet, 1789.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003176
2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo (199 x 127 mm), xliv, 322; viii, 323-653,  pp., including half title to each part, 2 folding letterpress tables in part I and 13 folding engraved plates bound at end of part II. Very little even browning, minors occasional spotting and marginal dust soiling of text and plates, 3 plates tanned at blank fore-margin. Contemporary calf, gilt-decorated spine with gilt-lettered morocco label (hinges cracked, spine ends chipped, extremities worn), all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Very good copy with ample margins. ----
Dibner 43; Grolier/Horblit 64; PMM 238; Wellcome III, p. 460; Norman 1295; Duveen 340. - FIRST EDITION, second issue. Lavoisier's Traite "...was a decisive move in the final overthrow of alchemy and the phlogiston theory introduced by Stahl a century earlier. By the use of the balance of weight determination at every chemical change and the building of a rational system of elements, Lavoisier laid the foundation of modern chemistry" (Dibner). The illustrations for this edition were conceived and executed by Lavoisier's wife, a skilled painter and engraver who had studied under Louis David, and who collaborated with her husband in his scientific experiments and researches. The second issue contains tables and various approvals of the work not included in the single-volume first or trial issue, of which only two copies are known. - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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