Publications

Please find below a list of all the currently identified publications by William Nicholson, and one unconfirmed article.  We have included links to online versions that we are aware of, but there are a number still missing.  If you can provide links to any missing (or improved) editions, please email info@nicholsonsjournal.com. 

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Thomas Holcroft, Alwyn: or the Gentleman Comedian in two volumes – contributions by William Nicholson (London: Fielding & Walker, 1780).

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Samuel Dunn, William Herbert and William Nicholson, A new directory for the East Indies … : the whole being a work originally begun upon the plan of the Oriental Neptune, 5th edn (London: Henry Gregory, 1780).

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Thomas Holcroft, Duplicity: A Comedy, in Five Acts – prologue by William Nicholson, 1st and 2nd edns (London: G. Robinson, 1781).

3rd edn (London: G. Robinson, 1782).

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William Nicholson, An Introduction to Natural Philosophy. 2 vol. 

1st ed (London: J.Johnson, 1782).

2nd edn (London: J.Johnson, 1787).

3rd edn (London: J.Johnson, 1790).

4th edn (London: J.Johnson, 1796).

5th edn (London: J.Johnson, 1805).

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James Ralph with additional information by William Nicholson, A Critical Review of the Public Buildings, Statues, and Ornaments, in and About London and Westminster. Rev. edn. (London: J. Wallis, 1783).

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William Nicholson, The Navigator’s Assistant, Containing the Theory and Practice of Navigation (London: T. Longman, T. Cadell & J. Sewell, 1784).

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M. Maistre de La Tour, History of Hyder Shah, alias Hyder Ali khan Bahadur, or New Memoirs concerning the East Indies with Historical Notes. Translated by William Nicholson (London: J. Johnson, 1784).

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William Nicholson, ‘A description of a new instrument for measuring the specific gravities of bodies’ in a letter to Mr J.H. Magellan, Memoirs of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society (London: Warrington, 1785): 370–380.

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William Nicholson (Secretary), A summary abstract of the evidence given by the manufacturers before the committee of the House of Lords of Great Britain against the Irish propositions: being a continuation of the minutes of evidence given before the House of Commons. Chamber of Manufacturers of Great Britain (Dublin: P. Byrne, 1785).

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William Nicholson (Secretary), An Abstract of such Acts of Parliament as are now in force, for preventing the Exportation of Wool and other Commodities, Tools, and Implements used in the Manufactures thereof: and also for preventing the seducing of artists into foreign parts, Chamber of Manufacturers of Great Britain (London: [s.n.], 1785).

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William Nicholson, 'Observations on a Bill, for Explaining, Amending, and Reducing into One Act, the several laws now in being … for preventing the Exportation of Live Sheep, Wool, and other Commodities.’ ... (London, ..., 1787)

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William Nicholson, ‘The Principles and Illustration of an Advantageous Method of Arranging the Differences of Logarithms, on Lines Graduated for the Purpose of Computation. Communicated by Sir Joseph Banks.’ Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, vol. 77 (London: Royal Society of London, 1787): 246–252.

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Richard Kirwan, An Essay on Phlogiston, and the Constitution of Acids, A New Edition by R. Kirwin … to which are added Notes exhibiting and defending the Antiphlogistic Theory; and annexed to the French edition of this Work; by Messrs de Morveau, Lavoisier, de la Place, Monge, Berthollet, and de Fourcroy. Translated from the French reply and with notes by William Nicholson, 1st edn (London: Printed by J. Davis for P. Elmsly, 1787). 

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Antoine Francois Fourcroy, Elements of Natural History, and of Chemistry: being the Second edition of the Elementary Lectures on these Sciences, first published in 1782, and now greatly enlarged and improved by the Author, 4 vols, Translated from French by William Nicholson (London: G.G.J. & J. Robinson, 1788).

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William Nicholson, ‘A Description of an Instrument Which by the Turning of a Winch, Produces the Two States of Electricity without Friction or Communication with the Earth. Communicated by Sir Joseph Banks.’ Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 78 (London: Royal Society of London, 1788): 403–407.

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Antoine Francois Fourcroy, Supplement to Elements of Natural History, and of Chemistry of M. de Fourcroy, Doctor of the Faculty of Medicine, &c. Carefully extracted from the edition of 1789, and adapted to the English, by the translator of that work. Translated from French by William Nicholson (London: G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1789).

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William Nicholson, ‘Experiments and Observations on Electricity. Communicated by Sir Joseph Banks,’, The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, vol. 79 (London: Royal Society of London, 1789): 265–288.

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William Nicholson, First principles of Chemistry, 

1st edn (London: G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1790).

2nd edn (London: G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1792).

3rd edn (London: G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1796).

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Mauritius Augustus Count de Benyowsky, Memoirs and Travels of Mauritius Augustus Count de Benyowsky: Magnate of the Kingdom of Hungary and Poland, one of the Chiefs of the Confederation of Poland, &c. &c. consisting of his military operations in Poland, his exile into Kamchatka, his escape and voyage from that peninsula through the northern Pacific Ocean, touching at Japan and Formosa, to Canton in China, with an account of the French settlement he was appointed to form upon the island of Madagascar. Translated by William Nicholson, 1st edn, 2 vols (London: G.G.J. Robinson & J. Robinson, 1790).

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Jean-Antoine-Claude Chaptal, comte de Chanteloup, Elements of Chemistry. Translated from French by William Nicholson, 3 vols (London: G.G.J. Robinson & J.Robinson, 1791).

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William Nicholson, A Dictionary of Chemistry: exhibiting the present state of the theory and practice of that science, its application to natural philosophy, the processes of manufactures, metallurgy, and numerous other arts dependant on the properties and habitudes of bodies, in the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms: with a considerable number of tables, expressing the elective attractions, specific gravities, comparative heats, component parts, combinations, and other affections of the objects of chemical research, 2 vols (London: G.G.J. Robinson & J. Robinson, 1795).

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William Nicholson ed., Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry and the Arts, 36 vols (1797–1813).

Series one, vols 1–5 (London: G.G. and J. Robinson, 1797–1801).

Series two, vols 1–7 (London: G.G. and J. Robinson,1802–1804).

Series two, vols 8–14 (London: W. Stratford, 1804–1806).

Series two, vol 15 (London: N. Shury, 1806).

Series two, vols 16–17 (London, J. Stratford, 1807).

Series two, vol. 18  (London: W. Stratford, 1807).

Series two, vols 19–32 (London, J. Stratford, 1808–1812).

Series two, vols 33–36 (London: G. Sidney, 1812–1813).

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J.B. Venturi, Experimental Enquiries Concerning the Principle of the Lateral Communication of Motion in Fluids Applied to the Explanation of Various Hydraulic Phnomena. Translated from the French by William Nicholson (London: For J. Taylor at the Architectural Library, 1799).

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Pajot des Charmes, The art of bleaching piece-goods, cottons, and threads, of every description, Rendered more easy and general by Means of the Oxygenated Muriatic Acid; and with the Method of rendering painted or printed Goods perfectly white or colourless. To which are added, the Most Certain Methods of bleaching Silk and Wool; and the discoveries made by the author in the art of bleaching Paper. Translated by William Nicholson, 2 vols (London: G.G.J. Robinson & J. Robinson, 1799).

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John Aikin, William Enfield, William Nicholson, Thomas Morgan, William Johnstons, General biography; or Lives critical and historical, of the most eminent persons of all ages, countries, conditions, and professions, arranged according to alphabetical order. Vols 2 and 3 (London: G.G.J. Robinson & J. Robinson, 1801 and 1802).

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Antoine de Fourcroy, Synoptic Tables of Chemistry. Translated from the French by William Nicholson (London: R. Noble, 1801).

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Antoine de Fourcroy, A General System of Chemical Knowledge and its Application to the Phenomena of Nature and Art. Translated from the original French by William Nicholson, 11 vols (London: Printed for Cadell and Davies and others, 1804).

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George Smart, Gilbert Gilpin, W. Heather, Robert Salmon, Peter Herbert, Charles Le Caan, Joseph Davis, Andrew Flint, John J. Hawkins, John Antis, William Hardy, William Nicholson and John Prior, ‘Papers in Mechanicks “Letter on the subject of Mr Hardy’s counterbalance”’, Transactions of the Society, Instituted at London, for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce 23 (1805): 387–390.

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William Nicholson ed., The General Review of British and Foreign Literature, vol. 1 (London: 1806).

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Jean-Antoine-Claude Chaptal (comte de Chanteloup), Chemistry applied to arts and manufactures. Translated by William Nicholson, 4 vols (London: Printed for R. Phillips by J. Adlard, 1807).

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William Nicholson, A dictionary of Practical and Theoretical Chemistry: With its Application of the Arts and Manufactures and to the Explanation of the Phenomena of Nature (London: Printed for Richard Phillips by Richard Taylor and Co., 1808).

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William Nicholson, The British encyclopedia, or dictionary of arts and sciences: comprising an accurate and popular view of the present improved state of human knowledge, 6 vols (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme and others, 1809).

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William Nicholson, A Letter to the Incorporated Company of Proprietors of the Portsea-Island Water-Works, on the occasion of a proposal lately made to them by the assigns under an Act of the 14th year of George II (Anno 1740) for conveying water from Farlington.  Printed for the Author, London, 1810.

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William Nicholson and Joseph Priestley, ‘An Account of a Storm of Lightning Observed on the 1st of March, 1774, Near Wakefield, in Yorkshire, by Mr Nicholson, Teacher of Mathematics in Wakefield. Communicated by Dr Priestley.’ Philosophical Transactions, vol. 64 (1774): 350–352.

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