An Inquiry into the Nature of the Simple Bodies of Chemistry.

  • Low, David
  • London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans 1844


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. 160, 32 [ads]. Original brown ribbed cloth by Westleys & Clark (with their ticket), boards blocked with a border and centrepiece in blind, spine lettered in gilt. Top edge a little dusty. Some light marginal pencil marks.


David Low (1786-1859) was professor of agriculture at Edinburgh University but maintained a private laboratory for his interest in chemistry. 'His controversial work An Inquiry into the Nature of the Simple Bodies of Chemistry (1844) suggested that carbon and hydrogen were the only fundamental chemical elements, and opposed the atomic theory of John Dalton. It provoked a reply from J. J. Berzelius' (ODNB). A second edition followed in 1848 and a third in 1856, though all of them are rare on the market.

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