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JOSEPH W. RICHARDS, A.C.,

CHEMIST AND PRACTICAL METALLURGIST; MEMBER OF THE DEUTSCHE

CHEMISCHE GESELLSCHAFT.

ILLUSTRATED BY SIXTEEN ENGRAVINGS.

PHILADELPHIA :
HENRY CAREY BAIRD & CO.,
INDUSTRIAL PUBLISHERS, BOOKSELLERS AND IMPORTERS,

810 WALNUT STREET.

LONDON:
SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, SEARLE & RIVINGTON,
*CROWN Rutnings, iss Fleet Street.

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P R E FACE.

No apology is necessary in presenting a work on aluminium in English. In 1858 Tissier Bros. published in France a small book on the subject. H. St. Claire Deville, the originator of the aluminium industry, published a treatise, also in French, in 1859. Deville's book is still the standard on the subject. Until Decernber, 1885, we have an intermission, and then a work by Dr. Mierzinski, forming one of Hartleben's Chemisch-Technische Bibliothek, which is a fair presentation of the industry up to about 1883, this being a German contribution. Probably because the Englishspeaking people have taken comparatively little hand in this subject we find no systematic treatise on aluminium in our language. The present work aims to present the subject in its entirety to the English reader.

Tissier, Deville, Mierzinski, and the German, French, and English scientific periodicals have

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