New Haven: G. P. Putnam, 1854. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPER OF COOKE’S PAPER FORESHADOWING MENDELEEV’S PERIODIC TABLE by proposing that the chemical elements be arranged into six groups or “series” based on their physical properties and their propensity to form compounds. Cooke’s pre-Mendeleev classification scheme for the elements and atomic weight research were motivated by his interest in numerical order in nature, which reflected his belief in a divine lawgiver” (Contakes, Josiah Parsons Cooke, JPC 17, 1, 2011).
The historian of science Bernard Cohen described Cooke as the first university chemist to do truly distinguished work in the field of chemistry in the United States. “Inspired by homologous organic compounds, Cooke grouped elements with analogous chemical properties into six "series". Because some of these bear significant resemblance to modern groups, his classification scheme is sometimes considered an imperfect precursor to the periodic table… Cooke allowed elements, notably oxygen, to be members of multiple "series". Second, whereas Mendeleev’s table recognized periodically recurring chemical properties when elements were arranged by atomic weight, Cooke developed simple algebraic relationships involving multiples of whole or half-integers to relate the atomic weights of elements with similar properties” (Kauffman 1969, pp. 128-31). Item #1306
CONDITION & DETAILS: Complete issue bound in original paper wrappers. 4to. 9.5 x 6.25 inches. 460pp. Fold-out plates. The wrappers have light toning and marks; minor chipping, most noticeably at the head of the spine where a half-inch piece is missing. (Wrappers for this particular journal are rarely found and noticeably fragile. Despite the noted issues, in this particular journal they are in remarkably good condition.) Regardless, the text block remains solid and the wrapper are tightly attached. (See image and note that the darkening at the lower quarter of the spine is not actual but is due to a shadow).A light spot appears at the top of some pages, not impacting the Cooke paper whatsoever. The interior is otherwise clean and bright. Very good.