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New Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia

FRANKLIN, Benjamin.

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FRANKLIN, Benjamin. New Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America. By Benjamin Franklin, Esq; and Communicated in Several Letters to P. Collinson, Esq; of London, F.R.S. [with:] .PART II. London: D. Henry and R. Cave, 1754. Two parts bound in one volume. [2],86pp.; [2],[89]-109,[1]pp. Folding plate in Part I in facsimile. Small quarto. Half antique calf and marbled boards, spine gilt, leather label. Small old institutional stamp on each titlepage. Title tanned and soiled, some scattered early marginalia, else very good. HOWES F320. FORD 78,94,96. PRINTING & THE MIND OF MAN 199. SABIN 25559. DIBNER, HERALDS OF SCIENCE 57. Second editions of the first two parts of Franklin's work on electricity. "America's first great scientific contribution" - Howes. "The most important scientific book of 18th century America" - PMM. Franklin began his famous experiments on electricity in 1745, demonstrating the electrical property of lightning and inventing the lightning conductor. This volume includes summaries of his work with Leyden jars, charged clouds and lightning rods, as well as his famous kite and key experiment. Beginning in 1747 he described his experiments to his London friend and fellow scientist, Peter Collinson, in a series of letters which outlined his experiments and conclusions, which led to the first proper understanding of the properties of electricity. Collinson thought Franklin's research so important, he published it without obtaining Franklin's permission. In 1753, this time with Franklin's leave, he published additional material, most famously the description of the kite experiment, and the following year the third part, with further elaboration. Franklin subsequently oversaw numerous editions of .ELECTRICITY. while he was a resident in London from 1757 to 1774. Bookseller Inventory # 46265

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