The Chemistry of the Coal-tar Colours


    DR. BENEDIKT'S little book is a standard treatise in Germany, where the literature of the coal-tar colours is fast becoming a most important branch of the general literature of applied chemistry; and Dr. Knecht has done excellent service in making the work more generally known to English readers by means of his translation. It is remarkable that, although England may be said to have originated the coal-tar colour industry, she has contributed comparatively little to the general literature of the subject. Practically, all the systematized information we possess has come to us through the medium of French and German manuals. A number of our chemists could be named who have communicated original memoirs on the constitution of organic colouringmatters to the recognized organs of chemical research, but their work is very special in its character, and appeals rather to the pure chemist than to the technologist, and hence is seldom read by the latter. The want of a good, sound, and comprehensive treatise on the subject of the coal-tar colour industry has, we think, not been without its influence on the development of this branch of applied organic chemistry in this country. Dr. Knecht's translation merits a place on the bookshelf of every person engaged in the manufacture and use of the so-called coal-tar colours.

    The Chemistry of the Coal-tar Colours.

    From the German of Dr. R. Benedikt. Translated, with Additions, by Dr. E. Knecht. Second Edition. (London: George Bell and Sons, 1889.)

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    The Chemistry of the Coal-tar Colours. Nature 41, 8–9 (1889).

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