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GöTTLING, Johann Friedrich.

(1755 – 1809)

(Born: Derenburg, near Halberstadt, Germany, 5 June 1755; Died: Jena, Germany, 1 September 1809)

Biographical references: DBA: I 404, 29-35; II 460, 164-166. Günther, Lebensskizzen der Professoren, 1858. Hamberger & Meusel, Gelehrte Teutschland, 1796-1834. Hirsch, Biographisches Lexikon, 1884-8. NDB: 6, 580-1 [by R. Möller]. Poggendorff: 1, cols. 923-4. Schaedler, Biographisch Handwörterbuch, 1891: 44. WBI.

1. German, 1790.
Voll-ständiges chemisches Probiercabinet zum Handgebrauche für Scheidekünstler, Aerzte, Mineralogen, Metallurgen, Technologen, Fabrikanten, Oekonomen und Naturliebhaber, entworfen von J.F.A. Göttling ... Erster Theil, Untersuchungen auf dem nassen Wege. Jena: J.M. Mauke, 1790.

8°: 215 p.

Rare. The work describes a portable laboratory designed by Göttling. It was intended for use not only by analytical chemists, natural philosophers, mineralogists, and metallurgists, but also by doctors, technologists, and manufactures. The equipment consisted of thirty-five chemicals, together with small scales and weights, a blow-pipe, and some glass apparatus, housed in two boxes approximately 12 x 9 x 9 inches.

Göttling includes in this work descriptions of over a hundred and fifty reactions that can be preformed with the materials provided. These were all reactions in solution; the author planned to write a second book describing reactions in the dry way, but this was apparently not achieved.

Bibliographical references: Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 215. LKG: XI 16. Partington, History of Chemistry, 1961-70: 3, 595-6. Smeaton, Portable Chemical Laboratories, 1966.

2. German, 1802.
Praktische Anleitung zur prüfenden und zerlegenden Chemie. Jena, Bey J.M. Mauke, 1802.

8°: viii, 444 p.

Rare. Second edition[?] of Voll-Ständiges chemisches Probiercabinet, or perhaps the wet methods volume[?]

Bibliographical references: LKG: XI 17a.

Description of a Portable Chest, 1791

3. English, 1791 [English transl.].
Description | Of A | Portable Chest of Chemistry; | Or | Complete Collection | Of | Chemical Tests, | For The Use Of | Chemists, Physicians, Mineralogists, Metal- | lurgists, Scientific Artists, Manufac- | tures, Farmers And The Cultivators | Of Natural Philosophy. | Invented By | J.F.A. Gottling, | Professor Of Chemistry At Jena In Saxony. | Translated From The Original German. | [tapered rule] | London: | Printed For C. and G. Kearsley, | No. 46, Fleet-Street. | [rule] | M.DCC.XCI.

8°: π4 B-N8; 100l.; [i]-viii, [1]-191, [1] p. Page size: 176 x 110 mm.

Contents: [i-ii], Half title page, "Description | Of A | Portable Chest of Chemistry," verso blank.; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v]-vii, "Preface."; [1], Errata.; [1]-191, Text.; [1 pg], Blank.

Very scarce. Translated from Voll-Ständiges Chemisches Probiercabinet (Jena, 1790). The preface tells of Göttling's promience as a chemist of the highest order, and that the portrable chest described within this work may be purchased from C. and G. Kearsley's, No. 46, Fleet-Street, London, who are most probably responsible for this translation being undertaken.

Bibliographical references: Cole, Chemical Literature, 1988: no. 538. Smeaton, Portable Chemical Laboratories, 1966.