BRANDE, William Thomas (1788–1866), chemist. Autograph attendance certificate signed, London, May 1821, 4to, bearing the engraved emblem of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and with the official red seal of the Royal Institution, stating (in Brande's hand) that “Mr W.Hall has attended three consecutive courses of my Lectures on Chemistry & Pharmacy”. Offset stain from the seal, otherwise in fine condition.
In 1813 William Thomas Brande succeeded Sir Humphry Davy at the Royal Institution where he began to give lecture courses specialising in chemistry and pharmacy. In his early years Brande's lectures served as the basis for his major publications which included his Manual of Chemistry first published in 1819; and his Manual of Pharmacy first published in 1825. His assistant in delivering lectures in these early years at the Royal Institution was Michael Faraday.(ODNB)