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An epitome of chemistry, in three parts

HENRY, William

Published by J. Johnson, London, 1803
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Lacking the advertisements. Original calf, spine in six compartments with gilt lettering, and black calf label. An excellent copy with an armorial bookplate, most likely the Winston-Taylor family of Erlstoke, Wiltshire and Haughton Grove, Jamaica, with the motto In hoc signo vinces. Considerably enlarged third edition containing recent discoveries and correcting those errors from the first two editions. Henry (1774-1836) was a chemist, physician and secretary-companion to Thomas Percival (1740-1804), the leading physician in Manchester and a pioneer of medical statistics and epidemiology. He became increasingly attracted to chemistry and published several papers. Henry was extremely influential as a recorder of experimental results, and as an exponent of the state of chemical science. His long-lived and important Epitome of Chemistry (1801) sprang from a set of lectures delivered in 1798-99. Successive editions kept its content up to date, and the title was changed with the sixth edition to Elements of Chemistry. Henry also engaged in the construction and sale of chemical apparatus. He was eventually convinced by the work of Lavoisier of the system of chemical elements and the nomenclature of compounds. His major experimental work was on the physical and chemical behaviour of gases, his most personal and original contribution being that now known as Henry's law, enunciated in 1804: "At a constant temperature, the amount of a given gas that dissolves in a given type and volume of liquid is directly proportional to the partial pressure of that gas in equilibrium with that liquid." In the theoretical basis of this work his friendship with Dalton was beneficial to both men, since their results were seen to be interrelated.Henry was awarded the Copley medal by the Royal Society in 1808, in recognition of his existing record of research, notably on the solubility of gases, and was elected FRS in 1809. Bookseller Inventory # 14381

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Title: An epitome of chemistry, in three parts

Publisher: J. Johnson, London

Publication Date: 1803


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