Boston: Richardson & Lord, 1826. First Edition. Octavo. Item #026122
xi  603 pages. 9 plates (of which 8 are folding). As the knowledge of chemistry was exploding in Europe, this volume was the most important and the key text at Harvard. This volume introduced Americans to the atomic theory of Dalton, the description of the iodous acid of M. Sementini as well as descriptions of the new blowpipe of Gurney and the fullest discoveries of spongy platinum upon hydrogen and oxygen gases. The advances in chemistry leave this in the far distant past of nearly 200 years ago but the historian of science has to see this as the cutting edge of its era. All plates present with plate VI, facing page. 444 and two of the folding plates (VIII & IX) are bound after the advertisement in the front. It was, of course, Webster who was hanged for the murder of George Parkman for the crime that shocked Harvard. A very nice copy in three-quarter brown morocco over marbled boards, raised bands with compartments lettered and ruled in giltmarbled endpapers.