Lot 330: Franklin (Benjamin). Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America, To which are Added, Letters and Papers on Philosophical Subjects, Printed for David Henry and Sold by Francis Newbery, 1769,

Dominic Winter Auctions

April 11, 2018
Near Cirencester, United Kingdom

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Description: half-title, advertisement and errata leaf inserted following preface, seven engraved plates (two folding and five full page), slightly offset to text, plate V shaved at fore-margin just touching outer line of engraved circle, a few woodcut illustrations to text, pp. 111-112, 416-417 and 465-472 duplicated in the pagination as issued, occasional mostly light browning or spotting, old marginal ink 'N.B.' marks to margins of Q3v and Q4r, ownership signature of 'Tho: Hodges, 1773' to front free endpaper (partly detached), contemporary half calf over marbled boards, heavily rubbed, joints cracked, a little wear at head of spine, 4to (230 x 168mm) - Quantity (1)
Notes: Collation: [8], 496 [i.e. 508], [16] pp; [pi]4, B-U4, X2, Y-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Xxx4. First collected edition, and fourth edition of 'the most important scientific book of 18th century America' (PMM), containing complete notes on all the experiments, along with correspondence between Peter Collinson, Franklin, and other collaborators. Franklin began experimenting with electricity as early as 1745. This volume includes summaries of his work with Leyden jars, charged clouds and lightning rods, as well as his famous kite and key experiment. Ford 307; Howes F-320; Sabin 25506; Wellcome III:62.
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