1830. Item #87526
VAUQUELIN, [Louis Nicolas], & Mrs. Almira H. Lincoln, trans. DICTIONARY OF CHEMISTRY, CONTAINING THE PRINCIPLES AND MODERN THEORIES, WITH ITS APPLICATIONS TO THE ARTS, MANUFACTURES, AND MEDICINE. For the use of Seminaries of Learning and Private Students. Translated from Le Dictionnaire de chimie, approuve par Vauquelin ... With Additions and Notes, by Mrs. Almira H. Lincoln ... New York: G. & C. & H. Carvill, 1830. First edition. Engraved frontispiece, xxviii, -531 pp. Errata list printed on verso of p. 531. 19 x 12 cm. (7 1/2 by 4 5/8 in.). 12mo., contemporary binding: dun paper boards/brown linen spine with remnants of a printed paper label, edges untrimmed. Early (possibly contemporary) ink ownership on ffep. and again on p. xix, and book label of Samuel A. D. Sheppard, the first president of the Massachusetts Pharmaceutical Association (1882), on front pastedown. Ex library, having only two ink stamps (on the front pastedown over the book label and again on title-page) and a shelf label on spine. Binding is spotted, worn at spine and along edges, but sound. Pastedowns are heavily foxed. Text leaves are lightly foxed. Like her older sister Emma Hart Willard, Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps (American, 1793-1884) was a pioneering teacher. She helped to broaden the education of American women with her popularization of the sciences as fit subjects for girls and was the author of a series of popular textbooks that were used in both boys and girls schools. In her preface to this book (pp. vii-x), written while she was vice principal at the Troy Female Seminary, she explains a bit more about her role as translator and editor of this dictionary: "The compilers of the original work are MM. Brismontier, Le Coq, and Boisduval ... their work having been submitted to the great chemist, Vauquelin, appeared under the sanction of his illustrious name. The translator has made additions from Ure, Webster, Green, Journal of science, Silliman's chemistry, and some of the latest French writers." (DAB, 7; NAW, 3; Amer. Women Writers abr.ed., 2; Siegel & Finley, Women in the Scientific Search, p. 141). Scarce.