Recherches physiques sur l'électricité


Published by Paris: Clousier, 1782, Paris, 1782
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Title: Recherches physiques sur l'électricité

Publisher: Paris: Clousier, 1782, Paris

Publication Date: 1782

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition


FIRST EDITION. 8 vo. Contemp. marbled boards, near contemp. rebacking with matching pebbled cloth. viii, 461, (3) pp. Five folding engraved plates. Leaf T2 with repaired tear (no losses), short worm trail in last few leaves slightly affecting letters, boards a bit worn; otherwise, a very good copy. "The future revolutionary Jean Paul Marat (1744-93) was born at Boudry near Neuchâtel in Switzerland. .He became physician to the 'Garde du Corps' of the Count of Artois, the later King Charles X. Marat was soon the most fashionable physician in Paris with a selected clientele from the aristocracy. But in the years before the revolution he gave up his social position, passionately entered politics, and became a horrible demagogue. As is well known, he was killed in 1793 by the idealistic young woman Charlotte de Corday." (Ekelöf Cat. 557). "This, like the rest of the author's works, is full of original ideas and experiments; (as many as 214 experiments are recounted in this book). Pp. 345-53 contain an interesting chapter: 'Des Phénoménes électriques relatifs á l'Ebranlement de la Lumiére," in which an explanation of the phenomenon is attempted." (Dr. Weil, Cat. 33, no.177). Wheeler Gift Cat. 509, with facsimile of title page. Ronalds, p.322. Mottelay, p.269. Gartrell 346. Bakken, p.83. Wheatland, p.149. Sotheran/Zeitlinger, vol.2, no. 5499. Bookseller Inventory # 000297

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