Item #002480 Meteorological Observations and Essays. John DALTON.

Meteorological Observations and Essays.

Manchester: Printed by Harrison and Crosfield for Baldwin and Cradock, London, 1834.

2nd Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Item #002480

8vo (227 x 140 mm). xx, 244, [4] pp. including publisher's advertisements on final [4] pages. Contemporary cloth, printed paper label on spine (spine a bit sun faded). Pages unopened and untrimmed. Text crisp and clean. Provenance: The library of Hugh Selbourne . Fine copy. ----

Wheeler Gift 582; Norman 574 (both for 1st ed.). SECOND EDITION. This work, according to Dalton himself, "contained the germs of most of the ideas afterwards expanded by him into discoveries." (DNB V, 428-34). It contains a series of essays on barometric pressure, storm patterns, temperature, the aurora borealis, among other meteorological matters. Of importance is his observations on evaporation, including his theory that diffusion of water vapor in the atmosphere was not a chemical process.

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