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    An Early Work on Cement

    Bryan Higgins. Experiments and Observations Made with the View of Improving the Art of Composing and Applying Calcareous Cements and of Preparing Quick-lime... London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1780.

    First edition. Octavo. xii, 233 pages.

    Full polished calf with gilt titles and decorations. Marbled endpapers. Occasional minor foxing. Joints split at spine head. Bottom corners bumped. Some leaves with light creases to corners. Very good.

    "Like other chemists of the period, Higgins was engaged with an additional variety of practical problems that caught his own immediate interest. The behaviour of mixtures of lime, sand and water was already under theoretical discussion in his first lecture course. In 1779 he took out a patent for a cement composed of washed sand, slaked lime, limewater and bone ash. This new combination enjoyed a modest vogue. The following year he published [the above work]" (Dictionary of Scientific Biography).

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