London: Reeve Benham and Reeve, 1850. 1st edition. xxxiv, 320, , 16 pp. Adverts last 24 pages. Illustrated with 10 plates (5 color & 2 tinted) & 65 intra-textual wood engravings. 8vo. Publisher's original brown cloth binding with gilt stamped title lettering to spine. Yellow eps. Modest binding wear. Prior owner signature to ffep. A solid VG copy. Item #33236
Smee, a noted chemist & surgeon, was also a man of wide-ranging interests throughout his adult life, who was awarded numerous prizes, including ones for chemistry, anatomy, surgery, and physiology. For example, utilzing his expertise in chemistry, he developed a new battery, subsequently much used in electroplating, which netted him the Isis Gold medal in 1840.