London: Printed by W. Nicol, 1827.
1st Edition. Soft cover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #002834
Offprint from: The Philosophical Transactions of the Royl Society of London. 4to (302 x 236 mm). , 14 pp. Bound without wrappers, title-page and final page dust soiled and frayed in margins, light fraying and marginal dust soiling to text pages. Provenance: Author's presentation copy (inscribed on title "From the author").
FIRST EDITION, rare offprint issue. Davies Gilbert PRS (1767-1839) was a Cornish engineer, author, and politician. He was elected to the Royal Society on 17 November 1791 and served as President of the Royal Society from 1827 to 1830. (Wikiscource). "Gilbert's importance to the development of science in the early nineteenth century lay in his faith that science provided the best means to tackle practical problems and in his facility as a parliamentary promoter of scientific ventures." (DNB).
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