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    Lemery's Course on Experimental Chemistry

    Nicholas Lemery. [James Keill, editor]. [Walter Harris, translator]. A Course Of Chymistry, Containing An easie Method of Preparing those Chymical Medicins which are used in Physick. With Curious Remarks and Useful Discourses upon each Preparation, for the benefit of such as desire to be instructed in the Knowledge of this Art. The Third Edition, Translated from the Eighth Edition in the French, which is very much enlarged beyond any of the former. London: R[oger] N[orton] for Walter Kettiby, 1698. Octavo. A4, (**)2, (*)7, a8, B-3G8. Complete. [24], 44, [20], 45- 815, [17] pages. Seven full-page woodcut illustrations (six at front and one at page 704). Contemporary paneled calf, spine extra-gilt, title gilt on decorated red morocco label, hinges and spine ends restored, boards rubbed and lightly chipped; scattered ink annotations, ink smudge on page 560 (not obscuring text), worming in inner margin of first signatures (no text affected) and last gathering (some text affected), otherwise a very nice copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Nicolas LĂ©mery (November 17, 1645 - June 19, 1715) French chemist born at Rouen, who was one of the first to develop theories on acid-base chemistry. Lemery did not concern himself much with theoretical speculations, but holding chemistry to be a demonstrative science, confined himself to the straightforward exposition of facts and experiments. In consequence, his lecture-room was thronged with people of all sorts, anxious to hear a man who shunned the barren obscurities of the alchemists, and did not regard the quest of the philosopher's stone and the elixir of life as the sole end of his science. Of his Cours de chymie (1675) he lived to see thirteen editions, and for a century it maintained its reputation as a standard work. -EB 11th.

    "The First English edition to be edited by the physician James Keill, M.D., based on the eighth French edition (Paris 1697). The text follows the Walter Harris translation closely but with the addition of much later material. Keill had attended Lemery's lectures, and in his preface he gives a day-by-day syllabus of the thirty-four day course. This edition contains a really extensive account of phosphorus, as well as Homberg's, the Bolognian and the Balduinian phosphors." -Neville Catalog.

    Wing L1040. ESTC r202695. Ferguson II, 20ff. Neville II, 44. Bolton 614. Cole 807. Cushing L139. Ferchl 307. Harvey 143. Krivatsy/NLM 6852. Wellcome III, 487. Ferguson Coll. 400.

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