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DELUC, Jean André (1727–1817)

Idées sur la météorologie

London: de l'imprimerie de T. Spilsbury, Snow-Hill. Se vend chez P. Elmsley ... à Londres; et chez la Veuve Duchesne ... à Paris, 1786--1787
2 volumes 8vo: π4 A8 (–A1) B–T8 U8 (+/–U8) χ2 X–2N8, 293 leaves, pp. [8] [3]–320 [2] [319*]–320* 321–543 [1] [485]–516, with a half-title; title to part 2 on χ1 dated 1786; π4 A–2G8, 243 leaves, pp. [8] 478 [2], with a half-title, advertisements and errata on recto of last leaf, verso blank.
2 folding engraved plates: numbered Pl. I–II, signed 'Woodman and Mutlow, fec. Russel Co\t.', bound at p. 444 in vol. I.
Condition: 208 x 127mm. Some scattered foxing.
Binding: Contemporary half calf, marbled paper sides, flat spines with gilt bands, red lettering pieces and small round black volume labels. Some rubbing and slight chipping to spines, one volume number label missing.
Provenance: Foljambe of Osberton Hall near Worksop, with crest of an armoured leg above the initials ‘FFF’ at foot of spines.
First edition, London issue; another issue has different prelims with the imprint ‘Paris, chez la veuve Duchesne’ and both titles dated 1787.
Bibliography: ESTC t113652; cf. Cole 358 for the Paris issue.
£1,200

A work on meteorology which also contains important sections on heat and combustion and the controversy over the discovery of latent heats. Deluc conducted experiments on latent heat with James Watt in 1783 and here refers to his work with Watt and the researches of Cavendish and Priestley.
Cole describes the Paris issue with both volumes dated 1787 and with half titles listing Deluc’s works on the versos, an approbation and privilège in the prelims of vol. I and a divisional title to the second part of vol. I. ESTC locates 13 copies of the London issue in the UK and Ireland and 3 in North America (Yale, Smithsonian and Bowdoin College), and only the British Library and Yale copies of the Paris issue; Cole's copy is now in the Huntington Library.
Literature: Douglas McKie and Niels H. de V. Heathcote, The discovery of specific and latent heats (London, 1935) pp. 48–50.
Keywords:     chemistry