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Carl Wilhelm Scheele. Efterlemnade Bref och Anteckningar.

pp. XL, 490, (i) Contents, (i) blank. Portrait frontispiece, 6 plates of facsimiles, occasional text figure. Publisher's half morocco and marbled boards, edges rubbed, rebacked retaining the original spine, a very good copy.

*SCHEELE (1742-1786) was born in Stralsund, Swedish Pomerania and died in Köping, Sweden, where he had established his own pharmacy in 1775. He had been journeyman to various pharmacists in Sweden since his early training in Göteborg in 1757-65, and only took his pharmaceutical examination twenty years later in 1777. However, the ten years that he spent as a journeyman was the most fruitful period of his life and his discoveries in both inorganic and organic chemistry are foundation stones in the subject. His letter to Lavoisier in 1774 outlining his discovery of oxygen is one such and is contained in the title above; this publication established Scheele's priority in the discovery. It is written in French; most of the others are in German and some in Swedish and included in this collection of previously unpublished correspondence are letters to Retzius, Gahn, Bergman, Hjelm and Hising, all of which reveal advances of great scientific importance. Additionally, the book gives excerpts from his laboratory note-books and provides a bibliographical list of his published writings. Nordenskiöld has prefixed a lengthy biography and has introduced each letter with an historical explanation. See SOTHERAN Bibliotheca Chemico-Mathematica I, #4230 for this title [a German translation was published in the same year]. Also PARTINGTON History of Chemistry, v.III, pp.205-236, et seq.

Kungl. Boktryckeriet. P. A. Norstedt & Söner. Stockholm.

Date Published: 1892. Imperial 8vo.

Stock No. 55305

Price: £350.00