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12 December 2000
VOLTA, Alessandro. Extract from Philosophical Transactions. London, 1800. 4o. "On the Electricity excited by the mere Contact of conducting Substances of different kinds." Folding engraved plate by James Basire illustrating the first electric battery.
THE FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT OF ONE OF THE EARLIEST AND MOST IMPORTANT INVENTIONS BEGINNING THE ELECTRIC AGE. "The voltaic pile revolutionized the theory and practice of electricity, so that within one hundred years of Volta's invention more progress was made than in the two thousand four hundred years between the tentative experiences of Thales and the publication of Volta's letter addressed to Sir Joseph Banks..." (PMM 255).
DAVY, Sir Humphry. Experimental Researches in Chemistry. N.p., n.d. 4o. Wrappers. Includes: "Bakerian Lecture for 1806, on some chemical agencies of electricity," "Bakerian Lecture for 1807, on some new phenomena of chemical changes produced by electricity..." and "Electro-chemical researches on the decomposition of the earth..." All published in the Philosophical Transactions. London, 1807-1808. "Davy outlined a theory of mass action, forecast the use of electricity in atomic disintegration and announced the isolation by electrolytic methods of two new elements, sodium and potassium," (PMM 255).
Provenance: Institutional; from the Library of Haskell F. Norman (bookplates). (2)
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