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JOHNSON, W. B.. History of the progress and present state of animal chemistry.

London. Printed for J. Johnson...By J. Crowder and E. Hemsted, 1803. First edition.
8vo. In three volumes. vi, [2], 411, [1]; [4], 477, [1]; [4], 407pp, [1]. Contemporary gilt-tooled tree-calf, contrasting black morocco lettering-pieces. Rubbed, naive calf repairs to spine of Vol. I, worming to head of spines of Vols. I and II. Armorial bookplates of Somerhill Library to all FEPs, ink-stain to fore-edge of G1, Vol. III, very occasional light spotting.
The sole edition of an authoritative and expansive treatise on contemporary knowledge and developments in early biochemistry. The Critical Review were rather dismissive of the work, referring to the author as 'not destitute of talents' but nonetheless 'misguided', with 'no hope of reformation'. The reviewer takes the most exception however with the production of the book: 'We cannot omit entering our protest against the disingenuous practice of some modern book-makers, that of introducing a catalogue of books at the end of each chapter, quoted as authorities, which, in fact, they have never read, and perhaps never seen, but the titles of which they have transcribed from some bookseller's catalogue. We hope in future to see the ancient custom of placing the volume and folio of every work cited, at the bottom of the page This work is very incorrectly printed.'
£ 325.00 Antiquates Ref: 19394