Histoire de L’Électricité, traduite de l’Anglois de Joseph Priestley avec des notes critiques.

A Paris: Chez Herissant le fils… .1771

3 volumes, 12mo, pp. xlvi, (ii), 432; 2 leaves, pp. 531, (1), 1 folding engraved plate; 2 leaves, pp. 474, (4), 8 folding plates. Contemporary blue boards, red morocco labels on spines. Boards a little worn, but a clean set. Library stamp and neat library inscription on half-titles, and on title-pages of volumes 2 and 3.

FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH of the first extensive history of electrical discovery and theory. The translators were the Abbé Nollet and Mathurin-Jacques Brisson. It was published on the advice of Benjamin Franklin and corrected by him, but the Wheeler Gift remarks that the numerous notes by Brisson are anti-Franklinian in nature. Ekelöf 474. Wheeler Gift 453b. Crook S/506.


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