4 October 2002
THOMSON, William, first Baron Kelvin (1824-1907). On the Dynamical Theory of Heat, with Numerical Results Deduced from Mr Joule's Equivalent of a Thermal Unit and M. Regnault's Observations on Steam. -- On a Method of Discovering experimentally the Relation between a Mechanical Work spent, and the Heat produced by the Compression of a Gaseous Fluid. Offprints from: Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. XX, Part II. Edinburgh: Printed for the Society by Neill and Co., 1851.
4o. Two general title-pages. (Some foxing.) Modern marbled boards. Provenance: "La Lumière Electrique" (stamp on first text leaf).
FIRST EDITION, with two manuscripts corrections on pp.267 and 281 possibly in Lord Kelvin's hand. These are the fourth and fifth parts of Kelvin's memoir. "This memoir was an example of exquisite codification of isolated points, and a masterly exposition, freed from unnecessary hypotheses, of the new developments of the theory" (Sivanus P. Thompson, The Life of Lord Kelvin, pp.280-83).
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