St. Petersburg: Obshchestvennaya pol’za, 1864. Item #481
, VI, 547 pp.: ill. 22x15 cm. In later half leather binding with gilt lettering on the spine and stained edges. Very good. Bleak stain on margins throughout the book, ink and pencil markings on the t.p., few spots.
First edition. Very rare.
‘Analytical Chemistry’ was translated, supplemented and published under the editorship of Dmitry Mendeleev (1834-1907). It is less known that the famous Principles of Chemistry was one of several chemistry textbooks Mendeleev wrote for a Russian audience. Among these were a textbook Organic Chemistry (1861) and this edition (1864), a translation of Charles Gerhardt and Gustave Chancel’s Précis d’analyse chimique qualitative (1862), both of which appeared prior to the publication of the Principles. More than anyone else, Mendeleev brought the modern chemistry textbook written in the Russian language to Russia. In 1864 he was appointed professor at St. Petersburg Technological Institute where he gave lectures. He supervised laboratory works and discovered a lack of manuals on analytical chemistry in Russian which led him to publish this translation to provide his students with proper materials for studying.
Text is supplemented with numerous illustrations and graphs. Later Mendeleev translated and supplemented a second part of Analytical Chemistry - Quantitive analysis.
Worldcat locates only one copy in National Library of Israel.