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Sur le Zinc amalgamé des piles a courant constant.


Published by Paris, Chez Mme Vve Mathias, Libraire, 1852., 1852
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8°, original beige printed wrappers (split at head and foot of spine). Some foxing. Scattered marginal annotations. Overall in good to very good condition. Early note below the title on front wrapper, translating the title to Portuguese. Oval stamp of B.M. Tavares de Proença and J. de Saldanha Oliveira e Souza on front wrapper and title page, with "1140" handwritten in ink at the center. 12 pp. *** First separate edition of this offprint from the Journal de Pharmacie et de Chimie, April 1852. This essay addresses the question of how to obtain the maximum fluid possible from a given quantity of zinc. The first battery, invented by Alessandro Volta in 1800, consisted of pairs of copper and zinc discs separated by cloth soaked in brine. Although it produced a stable current, the problems of corrosion of the zinc and deterioration of the electrolyte solution led to a continually evolving series of attempts at improved batteries; Nickles discusses the use of various metals.Provenance: D. José de Saldanha Oliveira e Souza, who also used the name José Luiz de Saldanha (1839-1912), was a son of D. João de Saldanha Oliveira Juzarte Figueira e Sousa, 3º conde de Rio Maior, and brother of António José Luís de Saldanha Oliveira Juzarte Figueira e Sousa, 4º conde and 1º marquês de Rio Maior. A chemist and mineralogist, parliamentary deputy, and high government official, he studied mathematics and philosophy at Coimbra University, wrote on subjects as varied as agriculture, finance, and engravings, and amassed an important library. He was a devoted proponent of progress in the national agricultural sector, which he considered one of the primary sources of public wealth. See Grande enciclopédia XIX, 402; Innocêncio XIII, 66-7; Aditamentos, pp. 254-5. The Casa da Anunciada library of the counts of Rio Maior was one of the best private libraries ever formed in Portugal. It was dispersed for the most part not long after the April 1974 Portuguese revolution.***. Bookseller Inventory # 25464

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Title: Sur le Zinc amalgamé des piles a courant ...

Publisher: Paris, Chez Mme Vve Mathias, Libraire, 1852.

Publication Date: 1852

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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