London: Royal Society of London, 1878. Hardcover. First Edition. v, 756 pp. 31 plates. 4to. Recent brown three quarter leather bindings with five raised bands at spine, burgundy title patch with gold embossed titling, gold lines offsetting bands, decorative stamp in each compartment without titling, blind embossed borders to front and rear boards. Table of Contents has a horizontal tear mid-page on p.[v], triangular piece missing from lower right corner of p. 163. Interiors clean. Numerous folding plates that illustrate articles. Pages were trimmed slightly when rebound. Very Good.
John Tyndall (1820-1893) found that increasing temperature on objects killed or reduced the number of endospores produced by bacteria that lead to infection. The autoclave was developed out of this research and Tyndall's work, along with Louis Pasteur, advanced the understanding of Germ Theory.
Also contains W. G. Adams & R. E. Day's "The Action of Light on Selenium" (pp. 149-206).