New York: Collins and Perkins, 1808. Hard Cover. Very Good binding. Item #4587
Octavo. xl, 416, lxxxiv, 16 (publisher ads) pp. 8 leaves of plates. Second American from the 4th English edition. Handsomely rebound in modern cloth with stamped leather spine label; only light foxing/toning to the textblock, some sections show occasional offsetting from the facing page, likely the ink was not fully dry when originally bound. An early American edition of Henry's important contribution to chemistry. Originally issued in 1801, this work sprang from a series of lectures in 1798-99 and was often reprinted and updated. While Henry was careful to avoid scientific controversy, in his work he was scrupulous at recording experimental results and illustrating pieces of laboratory apparatus. This present copy belonged to Adam Seybert who represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives. His name and “1809” are penned at the top of the title page. One page has an early marginal note related to how nitric acid acts on iron; presumably, this is Seybert's note as he was educated in chemistry. DNB; Shaw & Shoemaker 15213.