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    One of the First Textbooks of Experimental Physics

    Petrus van Musschenbroek (Joseph-Aignan Sigaud De La Fond, translator). Cours de Physique Experimentale Et Mathematique. Paris: Didot for Dehasny, the younger, 1769. First French edition. Three quarto volumes. [2],xlviii,[4],472; [4],510; [4],504 pages. Sixty-five folding plates, one folding table. Fine French acid-stained contemporary calf, spines banded, gilt with repeated floral design, titles in gilt on labels, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers. Some light chipping to head of volume two and wear to top edge of volume three's front board, crack in rear hinge of volume two, some edge staining from leather at ends (affecting the edges of the last plates); minor foxing, otherwise a very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Petrus van Musschenbroek (1692-1761) professor of physics, medicine, astronomy, natural history and mathematics. "He devised many of his experiments, in the process consulting records of other experimenters, among them those of the Accademia del Cimento. Musschenbroek translated their accounts into Latin, adding reports concerning his own work (1731)...The experiments can be studies in Musschenbroek's books, which contain many fine illustrations; they deal with the mechanics of rigid bodies, air pressure, heat, cohesion, capillarity, phosphorescence, magnetism, and electricity...One of the better known apparatuses is the pyrometer...first described in the Tentamina..." [DSB]

    Joseph-Aignan Sigaud De La Fond (1730-1810), "While pursuing a medical career as obstetrician, was one of the most faithful attendants of the lectures by the abbot Jean-Antoine Nollet (1700-1770), whom he succeeded, in 1760, in the chair of experimental physics at the Collége Louis le Grand in Paris. In 1795, became professor of physics and chemistry at the École Centrale."

    Bierens de Haan 3052. Roller/Goodman II,223. Wheeler Gift 427 "The first volume of this important textbook on natural philosophy contains one hundred closely printed pages on electricity and magnetism."



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