London: Printed for Thomas Tegg, et al. 1824. 2nd edition. 2 volumes. Illustrated with plates. 8vo. Original publisher's ribbon-embossed cloth with paper title labels to spine. VG (some chipping to title labels/avg wear/usual foxing). Overall, a respectable set in the original cloth. Item #26794
Claude Louis Berthollet was most noted for applying the [then] newly-discovered oxygenated muriatic acid to vegetable colors for the purpose of bleaching. The revolutionary results of Berthollet's experiments, conducted in collaboration with his son, A. B. Berthollet, were first published in 1791, in their "Elemens de l'Art de la Teinture." In 1809, Berthollet published a second edition of his work which included many important modifications & additions. The Scottish chemist Andrew Ure translated this second edition, appending his own notes & additional illustrative plates. Ure's edition, here offered, included details of the newest research on dyeing & dyestuffs, particularly the discoveries of J. B. Vitalis which appeared in his "Cours Elementaire de Teinture" [Paris, 1823]. In addition, the plates contributed by Ure depicted some of the newest machinery used in the active English dyeing establishments of the period. Ure also included a table for converting French weights & measures into the English equivalents.