BLACK, Joseph. LECTURES ON THE ELEMENTS OF CHEMISTRY Delivered in the University of Edinburgh by the Late Joseph Black, M.D. Published from his Manuscripts by John Robison, LLD. First American frm the last London Edition. Philadelphia, Mathew Carey, 1807. Three 8vo. volumes. 6, lix, 294 pp. +[4] ff. plates; 456 pp.; 453, [15] pp. Frontispiece portrait and three folding plates showing laboratory equipment. Library markings, else internally good, in early tree-calf, rubbed and worn, with loss to spine head of volume I.
Known for the discoveries of latent heat, fixed air, and the nature of alkaline earths, Black taught for 40 years at Glasgow and Edinburgh, and was extremely useful to Scottish industrial and mining interests. His fame as a teacher spread to America and Europe, and many foreigners studied with him. He also provided a lecture series for non-scientists, and Boswell took his course. Scarce.