London: Harrison & Sons, 1898. 1st Edition. Bound full volume, FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM RAMSAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF HIS DISCOVERY OF KRYPTON & NEON. “In recognition of his services in the discovery of the inert gaseous elements in air, and his determination of their place in the periodic system,” Ramsay was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1904 -- the first such prize to come to a British subject” (Davies NCBI).
“Sir William Ramsay was one of the world's leading scientists at the end of the 19th century, and in a spectacular period of research between 1894 and 1898, he discovered five new elements “helium, neon, argon, krypton, and xenon; they added a whole new group to the Periodic Table of the elements, and provided the keystone to our understanding of the electronic structure of atoms, and the way those electrons bind the atoms together into molecules” (ibid). After seeking sources of argon in the mineral kingdom and in 1895 discovering helium, Ramsay was guided by theoretical considerations founded on Mendeleev’s periodic system and he “suspected there were more inert gases filling the corresponding spaces above and below argon in the periodic table, and went looking for them by fractional distillation of liquid air or liquid argon. In 1898, he reported the discovery of three more elements: neon, krypton and xenon” (Nobel Prize Committee). His discovery of krypton and neon are reported in the papers offered here. Item #1387
CONDITION & DETAILS: London: Harrison and Sons. Full volume of the Proceedings, inclusive of papers printed between March 3, 1898 to June 16, 1898. Bound in half calf over marbled paper boards, a bit scuffed and rubbed. Tightly and solidly bound. Four raised bands at the spine with gilt-lettering. Illustrated with plates and figures throughout. Marbled endpapers. Ex-libris volume with discreet stamp on the title page and one on the final flyleaf. A few preliminary pages are toned, otherwise internally near fine.