Essai Sur L'Electricite Des Corps
Place Published: Paris
Publisher: H. L. Guerin & L. F. Delatour
Date Published: 1764
Edition: Quatrieme edition (Fourth edition)
Binding: Leather bound
Book Id: 27666
273pp. Sextodecimo [16.5 cm] Brown leather with raised bands, a gilt tooled spine, and a leather gilt stamped spine label. Marbled endsheets. Good. The covers are rubbed and mottled. The underlying boards are exposed occasionally along the edges. There are several small losses from the leather at the ends of the spine. The losses measure 1 centimeter deep, and the widest loss measures 1 centimeter wide. There are also a couple of thin cracks along the joints of the spine. The longer crack measures just over 1 inch long. The endsheets are cracked along the hinges. A brief notation has been blacked out with marker on the front free endsheet. It has bled through to the other side of the page. The top corners of the pages are very occasionally folded. There is occasional light foxing throughout the pages. The pages are mildly browned. The book is sturdy.
Frontis plus 4 folding plates. Nollet was among the great propagators of the new electrical science in the salons and at the court of 18th-century France. He had worked with Charles Dufay in the period 1730&32 and often followed him in his electrical theory. Nollet viewed electricity as a fluid, subtle enough to penetrate the densest of bodies.