Philadelphia: Kimber & Conrad / Benjamin & Thomas Kite, 1809. First American Edition. Hardcover. Duodecimo (4-1/4" x 7-1/4") in original paper-backed brown boards with a printed paper spine label, uncut at the fore and bottom edges; 236 pages. Complete with half-title page and two full-page plates. In this work, first published in England in 1804, Accum describes the methods of analyzing the ores of 22 metals, the chemical examination of soils, the analysis of mineral salts, and the examination of inflammable fossils or coal. An uncommon book, especially in its original state. Early owner signature of Eben Lane at the top of the title page as well as on the half-title page along with an ink stamp and the following ink note dated June 1811: "To perpetuate the friendship of Classmates, Lane gives this book to Perry." Occasional minor foxing. Some rubbing, scratches to the boards with loss of some paper to the spine, the label mostly present and readable. Very Good to Near Fine. Item #020473
Frederick Accum was a German chemist whose most important achievements included advances in the field of gas lighting, efforts to keep processed foods free from dangerous additives, and the promotion of public interest in the science of chemistry.