London: W. Phillips, 1827.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002461
8vo (214 x 136 mm). vii , ix , 11-656 pp. Woodcut illustrations in text. Original cloth-backed boards with gilt-lettered label to spine (rebacked preserving original spine, wear to extremities, corners bumped, boards soiled). Internally little age-toned with minor occasional spotting, dust- and finger-soiling. Provenance: The library of Hugh Selbourne. ----
Bolton I, 434; Duveen p.207. FIRST EDITION. This is the only separate book published by Faraday. All other books that bear his name were collections of published papers or edited reports of his lectures. The purpose of this work was to make the general methods of chemistry, as distinguished from its results, the subject of special study and popular exposition. As a chemist, Faraday discovered benzene, investigated the clathrate hydrate of chlorine, invented an early form of the Bunsen burner and the system of oxidation numbers, and popularised terminology such as anode, cathode, electrode, and ion. Faraday ultimately became the first and foremost Fullerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, a lifetime position. (Wikisource). This first edition has become quite rare in the trade. We could trace just five copies as having sold at auction in the past 40 years. - Visit our website to see more images!
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