Nicola, I think that MP is a good test even with decomp.
Why not just dry making a small batch of developer? Might work.
Are you the chemistry equivalent of Nicola Tesla?
I have many many more synthetic Org. books to suggest such as books on lab technique. You might try Fuson for lab instruction, Fuson and Snyder for Org. Chem.. and the famous Gould "Mechanism and Structure in Organic Chemistry".
I have more but just cannot locate them OTOMH.