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Paris, chez Pissot, 1769.3 volumes, complete set, FIRST FRENCH EDITION 1769. 4to, approximately 260 x 190 mm, 10 x 7¾ inches, half - titles to Volumes I and II, folding engraved table to Volume II, 61 of 65 folding engraved plates, plate 64 is a map of the world, LACKING PLATES 1, 22, 23 and 25, pages: xlviii, (4) - Approbation et Privilege du Roi, 472; (4), 510; (2), 503, (1), including index and errata, bound in full contemporary mottled calf, raised bands and gilt decoration to spines, gilt lettered morocco labels, edges red, marbled endpapers. Bindings worn, chipped at head and tail of spines, upper hinge on Volume I cracked, cover still holding, hinges starting to crack on Volumes II and III, upper hinge on Volume III cracked along half its length, corners worn particularly on Volume I, labels missing from spine on Volume I, Royal Meteorological Society bookplate on front pastedowns together with label stating "Sold by order of the R. M. S.", endpapers browned along the edges, rear endpaper lacking in Volume I, front endpaper lacking in Volume III, a few pages lightly age - browned, occasional dark spot, a few brown spots to a couple of pages in Volume III, all still easily legible, 3 small ink spots to 1 margin, a few margins faintly foxed. Text blocks tight and firm, plates bright and clean. A good working copy, lacking 4 plates as noted. Pieter van Musschenbroek (1692 - 1761) was a Dutch professor of physics, medicine, astronomy, natural history and mathematics who is credited with the invention of the Leyden jar, the first capacitor. He also made contributions in magnetism and cohesion of bodies and invented a pyrometer. He visited England in 1717 and met Isaac Newton whose ideas he then introduced to the Netherlands. He became a professor of natural philosophy and mathematics at the University of Duisburg in 1719. From 1721 he held professorships at the Universities of Duisburg, Utrecht, and Leyden (Leyden from 1740 to 1761). At the University of Leyden he taught natural philosophy (physics). He provided the first approach to scientific study of electrical charge and its properties. In 1729, he used the word "physics" which had never been used before. Musschenbroek was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1734, and member of the French Academy of Sciences in the same year. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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