Paris: H. L. Guerin & L. F. Delatour, 1764. Fourth edition. Leather bound. 273pp. Sextodecimo [16.5 cm] in full mottled brown calf with raised spine bands, gilt-tooled spine, and gilt-stamped maroon morocco spine label, boards ruled in brown. Marbled endpapers, all edges red. Rubbing and wear to boards, corners exposed, chipping to spine at tips, 1.5” crack to front joint at foot; hinges cracked (but holding), inscription on front free endpaper blotted out with modern black; a few dog-ears and occasional light foxing throughout. Engraved frontispiece and 4 folding plates. Item #52055
Known by his ecclesiastical title, l’Abbé Nollet was a pioneering physicist popular with the aristocracy. He was especially interested in electricity, and twice publicly demonstrated the speed of its current by having a large number of men form a ring that was then closed with a Leyden jar, causing them all to leap in unison. He did this first with soldiers, then with monks.