London: David Bogue, 1882. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 350 pp. Very good. Item #CNFBV128
George Edward Davis (1850-1907), in addition to his interest in microscopy (publishing not just this work but the journal "Northern Microscopist") was trained as a chemist, and is often referred to as the founding father of chemical engineering, having realized "that any chemical process could be considered as a sequence of particular operations, the fundamental concept behind the modern field of chemical engineering" (n.b., quote and info from the online Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).
Chapters include: "The Microscope Stand", "Eye-Pieces and Objectives", "Accessories", "General Remarks Upon Objectives - Test Objects", "The Collection of Objects", "Micro-Dissections", "Section-Cutting", "The Delineation of Objects - Microscopic Measurements", "The Polariscope", "The Microspectroscope", Staining and Injecting", "The Preparation and Mounting of Objects", and "Reagents - Recipes".
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full navy blue cloth, three horizontal black double-ruled borders on both boards and two such on the spine, gilt lettering on the front and spine, both endpapers advertisements for optical instruments and supplies (different ads front and rear), printed in black on blue paper, the opposite side of both free endpapers also with ads, chromolithographed frontis of "Wood Sections - Double Stained", per the title page the book contains "two hundred and fifty-seven woodcuts" and indeed it is replete with illustrations, charts, and graphs; octavo size (8 9/16" by 5 13/16"), pagination: [3 pp. publisher's ads on the front pastedown endpaper plus the two on the recto and verso of the front free endpaper] [i-iii] iv-viii  2-335 [4 pp. publisher's ads including the three on the recto and verso of the rear free endpaper, plus the rear pastedown endpaper).
___CONDITION: The binding a bit better than good, internally near fine, with a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, the sole prior owner marking we see a pencilled name with the date of 1882 (the year of publication) on the flyleaf; the binding soiled (mostly on the front board, see pictures and request more if needed), the head and tail of the spine bumped, the corners lightly bumped and rubbed, offsetting on both free endpapers from the glue on the pastedown endpapers, the lower corner of the front free endpaper missing (approx. one-half inch, with staining to the same dimensions on the flyleaf and title-page), a vintage pencilled price on the top of the front pastedown, a private library label on the front pastedown; even with its somewhat worn binding, the interior pages amazingly clean and bright, still a desirable copy and very good overall.
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