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A French chemist and engineer Adolphe Amdée Fesquet was born about 1933. He attended École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures in Paris in the 1850s. Fesquet moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1865 where he worked as a chemical engineer. Fesquet translated several French metallurgical books into English published in Philadelphia, by H. C. Baird. These include Ed. Urbin's A Practical Guide for Puddling Iron and Steel (1868), and Fesquet edited the first American edition of Lucien Louis de Koninck's A Practical Manual of Chemical Analysis and Assaying (Baird, 1873). He was a member of the Franklin Institute. He died in Philadelphia in 1894.
Eight volumes comprising notes of lectures from courses on chemistry taken by A. A. Fesquet during his university education spanning the years from 1852 to 1856. Volumes 1 and 2 comprise notes taken for courses in chemistry at the Sorbonne from 1852 to 1853, Volumes 3 to 8 comprise notes for courses at the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures from 1853 to 1856. Volumes 1 and 2 have notes for Cours de Chimie de la Sorbonne and include notes for Professors Balard and Deville. The reverse of Volume 2 includes notes from Cours de Physique de la Sorbonne, Professor Despretz, année Scholaire 1852-1853. Volumes 3 and 4 notebooks, are for 1e Année d'Etudes, 1853-1854, and include 68 lectures of the Cours de Chimie Generale, with Professoe Cahours. Volume 3 contains lectures ("lecon") 1-40, with lectures 41-68 in Volume 4. Cahours signed these notebooks during the academic year. Volume 5, with École Centrale written on the first page, begins with "Travail des vacances de 1re Année" and "Travail des vacancess de 2e Année" and includes descriptions or reports of visits to factories and mills, during the vacation of the second year. Volume 6, has notes for Cours de Manipulations Chimique with MM. Lelong and Le Blanc. The first part contains 22 "manipulations" while the second part has Physics manipulations. These span three years, 1853-1856, and 14 experiments. They are signed, occasionally, by Lelong and Le Blanc. Volume 7, Cahier de chimie, Saint Louis 1851 (?), is attributed to the École Centrale series of lecture notes, as the second section of this volume is headed: Des matières alimentaires et des moyens de reconnaitre leur falsification; De la salubritʹe des maisons et des localitiʹes. Cours de M. Payen. Annʹee 1853. Notes are neither numbered nor signed by Payen, but see Volume 8 for Payen. Volume 8, the last notebook, 1854-1855, 2e Année d' Etudes and includes notes on Cours de Chimie Industrielle, Prof. Payen. This has 35 lectures. A. Fesquet's name appears on the cover of the École Centrale notebooks as "élève," and in the Sorbonne volumes as well.
A. A. Fesquet donated these volumes to The Franklin Institute in 1895.
Purchased from The Franklin Institute.
Forms part of: Edgar F. Smith Memorial Collection.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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- May 2020
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