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Michael Faraday on Decay in Leather Bookbindings

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Michael Faraday, portrait by Thomas Phillips (1841-1842). National Portrait Gallery.

In a Lecture on Light and Ventilation delivered at the Royal Institution where he worked on April 7, 1843 chemist and physicist Michael Faraday attributed decay in leather bookbindings and chairs to the heat and sulphur fumes emanating from the illuminating gas then used. Faraday began his career as a bookbinder.

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