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MACQUER. Elémens de chymie-théorique. 

Paris, Jean-Thomas Herissant, 1753.

8vo (164x96 mm), xxii-(2)-355-(26) pages and 4 folding plates.  binding : Contemporary full marbled brown calf. Spine gilt in six compartments with raised bands, titled in gilt on lettering-piece. Red edges. Tail of spine chipped. Joint cracked on few centimeters.

Macquer played a very important part in the development of industrial chemistry in France. He was much the most influencial phlogistonist of his day and died (1784) without changing his views, the revelations of Lavoisier notwithstanding. In this works, he shows that he believed fire to have been an element and he was one of the last scientists of importance to have supported the earth, air, fire and water theory. In his later works, he attempted to compromise with the results of Lavoisier's matchless experimental work and the theories of Stahl and his school.

This Elements of Theory is one of the most influencial chemical works of the mid-eighteenth century and a classic in the development of the chemical text.


references: Duveen [376].

Price : 150 €

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