The Philosophical Magazine.....By Alexander Tilloch.....Volume 1. London, Printed for the Proprietors....1798. Octavo 210 x 125 mm), pp. viii, 439, errata, 13 plates (2 folded, 1 colored).
The volume is complete and in a contemporary calf over marbled boards with gilt titles. The binding is tight and very clean with minor scuffing. The text is exceptionally clean and bright, owner’s faded signature on title page, very minor foxing to plates at rear. In very good to near fine condition.
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Established by Alexander Tilloch in 1798; the Philosophical Magazine; is one of the oldest scientific journals published in English. In 1822 Richard Taylor became joint editor and the magazine has been published continuously to the present by Taylor & Francis. The first paper to be published in the magazine is the important "Account of Mr Cartwright's Patent Steam Engine" by Edmund Cartwright (1743-1823). It was the application of steam power which addressed the problem of mechanical weaving and helped accelerate the centralization of textile production in England thus furthering the industrial revolution.
Of major importance to the historian of mineralogy and crystallography is the English translation of Hauy’s “On the Theory and Structure of Crystals”. This appears in four parts. Hauy’s work laid the foundation for crystallography.
Another important work in the history of mineralogy is found in Louis Nicolas Vauquelin’s (1763-1829) “Analysis of the Emerald of Peru”. In 1798 Vauquelin discovered beryllium by extracting it from an emerald and reducing the beryllium chloride with potassium in a platinum crucible.?Within this volume, Vauquelin also has an important two part work which heralded the discovery of the element chromium titled “On a new Metallic Substance contained in the Red Lead of Siberia to which it is proposed to give the Name of Chrome”. ?There are over sixty papers in the volume.