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JOSEPH PRIESTLEY

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“AN EPOCH IN THE HISTORY OF THE SCIENCE” OF CHEMISTRY: FIRST EDITION OF THE PIONEERING FIRST VOLUME OF PRIESTLEY’S EXPERIMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS, 1774, FROM THE LIBRARY OF NOBEL LAUREATE GEORGE WALD

(WALD, George) PRIESTLEY, Joseph. Experiments and Observations. London, 1774.

First edition of the initial volume in this monumental work by a “father of modern chemistry,” the copy of Nobel laureate and renowned biochemist George Wald, signed and dated by him, complete with two copper-engraved folding plates, highly desirable in contemporary calf. $4500.

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"THE BEGINNING OF A REVOLUTION IN CHEMISTRY AS PROFOUND AS THE REVOLUTION IN PHYSICS"

PRIESTLEY, Joseph. Account of further Discoveries in Air. London, 1775.

First edition of Priestley's momentous work in which he became "the first person to describe the production of oxygen," containing the first publication of his two March 1775 letters to Sir John Pringle, including the March 15 letter in which Priestley writes of discovering an air "five or six times better than common air," together with the first publication of an extract from his April 1 letter to Richard Price. A landmark scientific work. $1800.

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