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Die organische Chemie

Liebig, Justus

Published by F. Vieweg, Braunschweig, 1840
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Liebig, Justus von (1803-1873). Die organische Chemie in ihrer Anwendung auf Agricultur und Physiologie. xii, 352, [2, errata]pp. Braunschweig: Friedrich Viewig und Sohn, 1840. 215 x 137 mm. Boards, paper spine label, corners a little rubbed, small splits in lower spine, original buff printed wrappers bound in. Fine copy. 19th cent. ownership inscriptions on title; errata corrected in text. First Edition in German. Prior to 1840, it was generally believed that the main nutrients necessary for plant growth were supplied by humus, the organic product of decayed plant matter. Liebig challenged this belief by performing extensive analyses of plant composition, demonstrating that the nutrient substances of plants were derived from the atmosphere and the mineral content of the soil and were not dependent upon the recycling of any previously living material. He advocated the manufacture of artifical fertilizers, geared to soil composition and specific plant nutritional requirements, that would replenish the soil's mineral content and prevent the land from becoming infertile. Liebig's book "completely changed the nature of the problem of scientific agriculture. . . . Now, whatever opinion individuals held on specific points, they agreed that the nutrient substances of plants were inorganic. That change had transformed the objectives of agriculture, for under the older conception the production of foodstuffs would seem to have a fixed limit, whereas in the new view an unbounded increase in organic life appeared possible" (D.S.B.). This work first appeared in a French translation four months before publication of the German edition. Paoloni 300. Printing and the Mind of Man 310a. Norman 1350. Bookseller Inventory # 39502

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Title: Die organische Chemie

Publisher: F. Vieweg, Braunschweig

Publication Date: 1840

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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