IN his introduction, Mr. Taylor explains that this book is a translation and revision of the first part of volume 2 of the twelfth edition of Richter-Anschütz's “Chemie der Kohlenstoffverbindungen”, the German original of which appeared in 1935. The closely related fields of work here selected for treatment are of the first importance in modern organic chemistry. Section A, comprising about 350 pages, deals with alicyclic compounds, and discusses in the first instance such fundamental matters as the formation and stability of ring structures, ring transitions, and general methods of preparing alicyclic compounds. The detailed consideration of monocyclic compounds is then taken up, ranging systematically from the cyclo-propane group to compounds containing 34 carbon atoms in the ring. The succeeding description of polynuclear alicyclic compounds embraces rings directly united and those separated by a chain, spirane structures, condensed cyclic systems, and bridged rings. Terpenes and resins are then treated under the headings of olefinic terpenes, monocyclic terpenes, bicyclic terpenes, and sesquiterpenes and polyterpenes.
The Chemistry of the Carbon Compounds
By Victor von Richter. Edited by the late Prof. Richard Anschütz. Vol. 2: The Alicyclic Compounds and Natural Products. Translated from the twelfth German edition (compiled by Prof. A. Butenandt, Dr. M. Lipp, Dr. K. Niederlander, Prof. F. Reindel and Dr. F. Rochussen) and revised by T. W. J. Taylor and Dr. A. F. Millidge. Third edition. Pp. xiii + 656. (Amsterdam: N.V. Uitgevers-Maatschappij “Elsevier”, 1939.) n.p.