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Professor Marc-Auguste Pictet. (Society of Arts, Paris)
Essai Sur Le Feu or Essais De Physique. Volume 1 (ALL published)
Chez Barde, Manget & Compagnie., Paris, 1790. XII + 212 pages and a folding copper engraved plate + tables of results in the text. The plate is foxed with small age spots, the margins near the plate are also foxed and this continues throughout, but faintly and disappears at the first half of the book, the title is also a little foxed. The plate had 3 small circular rubber stamps "Medical Society" Edinburgh. 1 pronounced the other 2 less so, no other cancels or library marks and the ones here are early 19th century. Rebound in early 20th century half calf mottled green cloth boards with gilt titles on cover, the binding is strong, but done by an amateur? Octavo. Paris 1790. *States it is the "Premier volume" but no other was printed. Corresponds exactly with one of only 2 copies located in the UK listed on Copac, but not sure they actually have the copies? *The Professor, journalist and philosopher was assistant and then director of the Academy of Geneva. This essay on the demonstration that cold can be reflected by focusing the radiation from a flask of ice onto a thermometer using two concave mirrors was reflected like light. The result of his experiments on heat was published in 1790 as Essai sur le feu (English translation: An Essay on Fire, 1791). he was one of the first 8 founder members of the Geneva Society of Physics and Natural History and the editor of the Bibliotheque Britannique. RARE 18th century science treatise. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Colophon Books (UK) [Leek, United Kingdom]
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