St. Petersburg: 1st Mendeleev congress, 1908. Item #176
, 239 pp.: ill., 8 port. and 5 ill. on separate leaves. 23x15.5 cm. Original publisher’s wrappers. Very good. The frontispiece is detached from the text block, some minor tears to the wrapper.
One of the first books about Dmitry Mendeleev’s life (1834-1907). The memoirs of the relatives are printed for the first time as well
as the letters. The second part of the book includes the memoirs by N.I. Gubkina (Kapustina) telling about the time she was spending with Mendeleev as a child since 1860s, also they were very close afterwards. It’s the first attempt of a Mendeleev’s biography as she goes through the major events of his life.
The photos of Mendeleev are supplied from the family archive. The book was printed by the distribution committee of the first Mendeleev congress which took place in Autumn of 1907 in St. Petersburg with more than 1000 participants and became the biggest
conference on chemistry of the time. It’s been held through the Soviet and modern times with the latest XX congress being held in September of 2016.