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Some of the pages in this document were selected as part of a class project for Professor Garth Bond’s History of the Book seminar, Spring 2012. The abstract was prepared by Tara Arnold.

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D. Appleton & co.


New York


Chemistry -- History. Atomic Theory.


Chemistry | History of Science, Technology, and Medicine


Edward Livingston Youmans' The Chemical Atlas is an introductory text on the study of chemistry, and is designed for students who have no previous chemical knowledge. Unlike any contemporary introductory chemistry text, The Chemical Atlas does not contain a periodic table of the elements. The Chemical Atlas was published in 1855, about fourteen years before Dmitri Mendeleev published the first version of the periodic table we recognize today. Instead of a periodic table, The Chemical Atlas contains various colored illustrations depicting possible relationships and reactions between the elements known at the time. Even though The Chemical Atlas was published years before one of the most important advances in the history of chemistry, the information provided (for the most part) is still accepted as fact—it just lacks the detail one is sure to find in any contemporary text.


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Selected pages from Chemical atlas ; or, The chemistry of familiar objects; exhibiting the general principles of the science in a series of beautifully colored diagrams, and accompanied by explanatory essays, embracing the latest views of the subjects illustrated. Designed for the use of students and pupils in all schools where chemistry is taught, by Edward L. Youmans...