MACQUER, Pierre Joseph. Elémens de chymie théorique.
Paris, Jean-Thomas Hérissant, 1749.
12mo (164x95 mm), xxii-(2)-336-(24) pages and 4 folding plates. binding : Contemporary full mottled calf, spine gilt in six compartments, title in gilt on lettering-piece, red edges.
Very nice copy.
This book is one of the most influential treatises of the mid-18th century.
references: Duveen [ 376 : "Macquer played a very important part in the development of industrial chemistry in France. He was much the most influential phlogistonist of his day and died (1784) without changing his views, the revelations of Lavoisier notwithstanding. In his earlier works, he shows that he believed fire to have been an element and that 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."].
Price : 400 €