London: Printed for Thomas Boys, 1817. First edition. 8vo., half-tile, xxv, 191 pp., [with] A DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGUE OF THE APPARATUS & INSTRUMENTS EMPLOYED IN EXPERIMENTAL AND OPERATIVE CHEMISTRY, IN ANALYTICAL MINERALOGY, AND IN THE PURSUITS OF THE RECENT DISCOVERIES OF VOLTAIC ELECTRICITY. MANUFACTURE AND SOLD BY FREDRICK ACCUM, OPERATIVE CHEMIST, ... LONDON, 1817. , 59 pp. Publisher's original paper over boards, paper spine label, foredge and bottom edge untrimmed. The board tips are somewhat curled and lightly rubbed; two short cracks at the top joints, one of which has an old paper repair. There are a few stains on the boards, and a stain across inner rear board and terminal leaves, and an occasional spot of foxing. A very good copy. Item #25908
Of the 103 experiments, a considerable number involve the properties of silver and other substances later applied to the photographic process. See Eder, Josef Maria. HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY, NY, 1945, p. 106. Rare in the original boards.
Ex-libris of Benjamin Flounders [Flanders] on the front pastedown. Benjamin Flounders (17 June 1768 – 19 April 1846) was a prominent English Quaker with business interests in key new industries and developments at the time of the Mid-Industrial Revolution, such as The Stockton and Darlington Railway (of which he was a founding Director) and new canals in his native Northeast England.