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Michael FARADAY (1791-1867). Chemical Manipulation, Being Instructions to Students in Chemistry, on the methods of performing experiments of demonstration or of research, with accuracy and success. London: printed and published by W. Phillips, 1827
Octavo (8 3/8 x 5in; 213 x 127mm). Pp.[i-]vi-vii[-viii], [i-]ii-ix[-x], 11-656 pp., numerous ill. in the text. (Old vertical crease and small chip to upper margin of title page [see images]). Contemporary half calf over marbled paper-covered boards (rubbed, chipped, some darkening to spine, short split to upper joint). Provenance: Chas. Cowen (early inscription to title page).
First edition, describing the working methods of “one of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time” (Sir Ernest Rutherford). Aside from his work with electromagnetism, ‘As a chemist, Faraday discovered benzene, investigated the clathrate hydrate of chlorine, invented an early form of the Bunsen burner and the system of oxidation numbers, and popularised terminology such as anode, cathode, electrode, and ion. Faraday ultimately became the first and foremost Fullerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, a lifetime position. Physicist Ernest Rutherford stated; "When we consider the magnitude and extent of his discoveries and their influence on the progress of science and of industry, there is no honour too great to pay to the memory of Faraday, one of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time".’ (http://vipauk.org/enter/muse/lond/f01.html). Bolton I, 434; Duveen p.207.