London: W. Bulmer, 1808.
1st Edition. Soft cover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003569
Two parts in two volumes. London: W. Bulmer, 1808. 4to (295 x 235 mm). vi, , 1-142, 26; iv, 145-376,  pp., part titles, index bound at end, and 9 engraved plates (2 folding). Original blue simple paper wrappers, all pages untrimmed and partially unopened (wrappers soiled and spotted, spine repaired using the original paper). Protected in custom-made clamshell boxes. Text and plates generally crisp and clean with only very little age-toning, some dust soiling mostly to edges and outer margins. Provenance: Benjamin Hyett Esq. A fine, unsophisticated copy in original wrappers, in this state rarely found on the market. ----
FIRST EDITION, journal issue. "In his second Bakerian lecture, Davy reported his isolation by electrolysis of the elements sodium and potassium from the 'fixed' alkalies soda and potash. Classifying them as metals, he gave them their present names (the Latin '-ium' suffix denoting metallic status) and described many of their properties, including their extreme lightness and combustability. Davy's experiments also demonstrated the then-puzzling fact that the two alkalinic compounds contained oxygen; according to Lavoisier, oxygen was 'the principle of acidity,' but Davy showed that with equal justice it might be called 'the principle of alkalescense' (Norman). Reference: Norman 608 (first separate printing) - Visit our website to see more images!
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