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MACQUER, Pierre-Joseph (1718–1784)

Dictionnaire de chymie ... Nouvelle édition corrigée sur les précédentes, avec un supplément séparé

Neuchatel: de l'Imprimerie de la Société Typographique, 1789
5 volumes 8vo, pp. xxviii 580; [2] 655; [2] 520; [2] 776; [4] 360 382 (i.e. 174, pp. 161–174 misnumbered 169, 370–382), woodcut headpiece signed ‘Nuck’ in each volume.
Condition: 184 x 113mm.
Binding: Contemporary tree sheep, flat gilt spines with orange and green labels, yellow edges sprinkled red. A few corners rubbed.
Provenance: Contemporary engraved bookplate 'Freiherrlich von Lotzbeck'sche Familien Fideicommiss. Bibliothek auf Schloss Weyhern' in each volume; W. A. Smeaton (1925–2001, no marks of ownership, my catalogue 33 (2003) 114).
Second Swiss edition, second issue with the supplement. Some copies were issued before the supplement was completed with the titles of vols I–IV cancelled to supress the reference to the supplement.
Bibliography: Neville and Smeaton 13; Neville II, p. 115; Cole 873.

A very attractive copy of the reprint of the 4 volume edition printed ‘En Suisse’ (1779–1780) complete with the supplementary volume by Henri Struve (1751–1826). Much of the added material came from Guyton de Morveau's Encyclopédie méthodique volumes on chemistry and from the German edition of the dictionary, translated with notes by J. G. Leonhardi.
Literature: Neville and Smeaton p. 635.
Keywords:     chemistry