Experiments upon Vegetables, discovering their great Power of purifying the Common Air in the Sun-shine, and of injuring it in the Shade and at Night. To which is joined, a new Method of examining the accurate Degree of Salubrity of the Atmosphere.
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London, P. Elmsly and H. Payne, 1779. 8vo (202 x 135mm) pp. lxviii, 302, (18), with 1 folded engraved plate. Contemporary half calf, richly gilt ornamented spine with gilt lettering, marbled boards.
the first to observe and elucidate the process of photosynthesis
A very nice copy of the first edition of Ingen-Housz famous work on photosynthesis. "Description of photosynthesis, the formation of compounds in plants exposed to light" (Horblit 55). "Ingen-Housz became the first to observe and elucidate the process of photosynthesis and plant respiration. In his 'Experiments upon vegetables', Ingen-Housz established that only the green parts of a plant give off the 'restoring'gas (oxygen), and only when exposed to visible sunlight" (Norman 1141).
Dibner 29; Henrey 866.