10 December 1999
FARADAY, Michael (1791-1867). Experimental Researches in Electricity. London: R. & J. Taylor (Vols I and II), R. Taylor & W. Francis (Vol III), 1839-55.
8o (225 x 142 mm). 17 engraved plates by J. Basire, 13 folding (some foxing). Original non-uniform green cloth publisher's bindings, uncut (hinges cracked, extremities and spine ends worn, spine of Vol. II faded). Provenance: James W. Beekman (stamp on title page of Vol.I, ownership inscription dated 1839 on front free endpaper of Vol. I); G. Quincke (ownership inscription dated 1864 on front free endpaper, Vols. II and III); occasional pencil marginalia to text and endpapers.
FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM of the 29 papers published by Faraday in Philosophical Transactions between 1832 and 1852. The collection includes all of Faraday's most important contributions, including his distinctions between the different forms of electricity, his first theory of electricity as a function of interparticulate strain, his discovery of electro-magnetic induction, and his research on magnetism. Dibner Heralds (journal issue) 64; Grolier/Horblit 29; Jeffreys 297; Norman 762; PMM 308. (3)
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