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    Priestley's Further Pneumatic Experiments, Including the Discovery of Oxygen

    Joseph Priestley. Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air. London: J. Johnson, 1774-1777. First edition. Three octavo volumes. Six engraved plates, including three folding. Modern calf. Binding with minor rubbing, plate one in vol. 2 trimmed slightly affecting frame of plate, occasional minor offsetting, Lacks half-title to vol. 1. Altogether, a very good set. First edition of Priestley's three volume work detailing his further pneumatic experiments, including the discovery of oxygen. In August 1774, Priestley heated mercuric oxide by focusing light from a burning glass on it. The gas released from this experiment he called "dephlogisticated air." Priestley became famous for his discovery, and Antoine Lavoisier later gave the substance its modern name--oxygen. Grolier/Horblit 85; Norman 1750.

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