Ueber die Beziehungen der Eigenschaften zu den Atomgewichten der Elemente [On the Relation of the Properties to the Atomic Weights of the Elements]

Ueber die Beziehungen der Eigenschaften zu den Atomgewichten der Elemente [On the Relation of the Properties to the Atomic Weights of the Elements]


Description: THE PERIODIC TABLE: Likely the first appearance of Mendeleev’s periodic table in a Western journal. Although priority has not been established between this Zeitschrift für Chemie appearance and the Journal für praktische Chemie appearance, it was clearly the more complete 1869 Zeitschrift appearance that was the most influential. ?In 1868 Mendeleev began writing his famous textbook, Principles of Chemistry. As he later related, it was while exploring various alternative organizational schemes for this book that he hit upon the periodic law. While waiting for the book to appear in print (the first edition was published in installments between 1868 and 1871), Mendeleev produced a single-page flier summarizing his new organizational scheme entitled An Attempted System of the Elements Based on their Atomic Weights and Chemical Analogies, which he circulated among Russian chemists in early 1869. In March of that year he presented a more detailed paper to the newly founded Russian Chemical Society entitled ?On the Correlation Between the Properties of the Elements and their Atomic Weights?. This, in turn, was published in the first volume of the society?s new journal.? This paper, however, ?was not translated from Russian until 1895 and consequently played little or no role in initially acquainting American, British and western European chemists with the periodic law. This role was played instead by two short German abstracts of the paper, one of which appeared in the Journal f?r praktische Chemie and the other in the Zeitschrift f?r Chemie... The first reproduced only Mendeleev?s table, without any commentary or explanation... To the best of our knowledge, only the longer abstract in the Zeitschrift f?r Chemie had a significant impact, as it was the reading of this abstract that stimulated the German chemist, Lothar Meyer, to publish his own thoughts on the periodic law in late 1870 and which ultimately gave rise to a vigorous priority debate? (William B. Jensen, Mendeleev on the Periodic Law). IN: Zeitschrift f?r Chemie, Vol 12 (1869), pp.405-406. Leipzig: Quandt & Handel, 1869. Octavo, modern three-quarter calf. Whole volume (p.1-766) offered. Bound without general title. With a rear yellow wrapper bound-in. Marginal repair to last leaf of index; one index leaf with corner tear; a few leaves toward the rear with repaired corners (not affecting text). Mendeleev paper fine. Beautifully bound. RARE.
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