Practical Electricity and Galvanism, containing a series of experiments...

London: Printed for J. Callow,...1807

8vo, pp. xx, 271, (5) adverts, 2 leaves, 9 folding engraved plates. Half-title. Contemporary half russia, marbled sides and edges, a lovely copy.

FIRST EDITION. Cuthbertson was an instrument-maker who moved to Holland in 1768 and became the leading manufacturer of scientific apparatus in that country. He built an electrostatic generator for Martin van Marum, which was probably the largest electrical machine built in the eighteenth century, and which is still in existence. Cuthbertson returned to London some time between 1793 and 1796 and set up as an instrument maker. In 1799 he invented an electrometer named after him and produced a simplified version of his plate electrical machine, which became the most popular type in England. The last two leaves of this book, which are not always present, are a catalogue of his instruments, some of which are illustrated in the fine plates. Ekelöf 633. Wheeler Gift 681.


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