Early Edition of Franklin's Experiments and Observations on Electricity

    Benjamin Franklin. Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America. To which are added, Letters and Papers on Philosophical Subjects. The Whole corrected, methodized, improved and now collected into one Volume, and illustrated with Copper Plates. London: F. Newbery, 1774.

    Fifth edition. Octavo. vi, 514 pages plus index. Seven engraved plates, including two folding.

    Full calf binding with spine decoratively tooled in gilt with five raised bands and gilt-stamped morocco label. All edges stained red. Front and rear boards are detached, but present, boards are heavily scarred, with significant wear along edges, spine is rubbed and worn. First three leaves, including frontispiece and title-page, are detached, but also present. Heavy foxing to preliminary pages, offsetting to pages surrounding plates. Shallow crease to corner of first 154 pages. An important work in need of repair and restoration. Good.

    The fifth and most complete edition of Franklin's landmark work on electricity which includes letters to Peter Collinson, the British scientist with whom he corresponded about their experiments with electricity. This edition contains the final revision of conclusions drawn from those experiments.

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