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Collection of Franklin Extracts
1751 - (FRANKLIN, Benjamin). [Collection of 11 Articles Extracted from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society]. [London: The Royal Society, 1751-73]. 54 octavo leaves and two folding plates, loose, housed in plastic sleeves and binder, and a chemise and custom clamshell box. $9500.Collection of 11 scientific papers extracted from the pages of the Royal Society's venerable journal, Philosophical Transactions, many authored by or addressed to Benjamin Franklin, on the subject of electricity""including Franklin's account of his famous "Philadelphia experiment" with kite and key. A fascinating archive of primary sources.The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge began publishing Philosphical Transactions, the world's oldest and longest-running journal devoted exclusively to science, in 1665. It helped pioneer the peer-review process so important for modern scientific research. Benjamin Franklin published 19 papers in its pages, most notably "A Letter of Benjamin Franklin, Esq; to Mr. Peter Collinson, F.R.S. concerning an electrical Kite""Franklin's own account of his most famous experiment, which led to his invention of the lightning rod: "In June 1752, as dark clouds came up". Franklin ran the string from the kite to a Leyden jar, insulating himself by holding a silk ribbon to the string. When he observed the fibers on the hemp string stand out, he realized the experiment [to conduct electricity] had succeeded. It must have been one of the most satisfying moments of his life". Franklin became the most famous natural philosopher since Isaac Newton". In 1756 Immanuel Kant dubbed Franklin the 'Prometheus of modern time'" (ANB).The present collection contains the following pieces by or about Franklin (presented in the order in which they were originally read before the Society), all extracted and disbound from Philosophical Transactions:1. "A Letter from Mr. Franklin to Mr. Peter Collinson, F.R.S. concerning the Effects of Lightning" - Volume 47 (1751-52), pages 289-91 (leaves 2O1-2O2) "" Franklin discusses lightning's various properties, including its influence on magnetic compasses. Botanist Peter Collinson " was acquainted with a wide range of natural historians," including such leading thinkers as Franklin and Carl Linnaeus (DNB).2. "An Account of Mr. Benjamin Franklin's Treatise, lately published, intituled, Experiments and Observations on Electricity, made at Philadelphia in America, by Wm. Watson, F.R.S." "" Volume 47 (1751-52), pages 202-11 (leaves 2C1-2D2) "" An accomplished botanist, apothecary and electrical experimenter in his own right, Watson here summarizes "a few of the most singular" of Franklin's electrical experiments (including Franklin's electrocution of a ten-pound turkey: "He conceited, as himself says, that the birds kill'd in this manner eat uncommonly tender"). 3. "A Letter of Benjamin Franklin, Esq; to Mr. Peter Collinson, F.R.S. concerning an electrical Kite" and "A Letter of Mr. W. Watson, F.R.S. to the Royal Society, concerning the electrical Experiments in England upon Thunder-Clouds" - Volume 47 (1751-52), pages 565-70 (leaves [4B3-4C1) "" Franklin recounts his famous kite experiment, and Watson describes attempts in England to verify Franklin's hypothesis.4. "Electrical Experiments, made in pursuance of those by Mr. Canton, dated Decem. 3, 1753; with Explanations by Mr. Benjamin Franklin, Communicated Mr. Peter Collinson, F.R.S." and "Extract of a Letter concerning Electricity, from Mr. B. Franklin to Mons. Delibard, inclosed in a Letter to Mr. Peter Collinson, F.R.S." "" Volume 49 (1755-56), pages 300-09 (leaves 2Q2-[2R3]) "" Franklin outlines three experiments in electric conductivity, and discusses a lightning strike on a church spire in Newbury ("The spire was split all to pieces by the lightning, and the parts flung in all directions over the square".").5. "An Account of the Effects of Electricity in paralytic Cases. In a Letter to John Pringle, M.D. F.R.S. from Benjamin Fr [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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