Pavia: Giovanni Capelli, 1814.
1st Edition. Soft cover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003327
4to (330 x 240 mm). vi, , 145, [VII] pp. Uncut, with deckle edges; frontispiece engraved portrait of Volta by G. Garavaglia, without the addenda slip tipped to the last page in only a few copies. 20th-century marbled paper boards. Text generally crisp and clean with just a little dust-soiling of title and last leaf. Provenance: Bergamo seminary (stamp on title); Peter and Margarete Braune. ----
Honeyman 3076; Wheeler Gift 726. LARGE-PAPER COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION of Volta's last memoir on galvanism, "a lengthy review of his reasons for identifying galvanic and common electricity" (DSB). Volta had published his experiments in 1799. His finding, the voltaic pile, had immediately enabled a rapid succession of other discoveries which accelerated technological process: the electrolysis of water into oxygen and hydrogen by William Nicholson and Anthony Carlisle (1800), the chemical elements sodium (1807), potassium (1807), calcium (1808), boron (1808), barium (1808), strontium (1808), and magnesium (1808) by Sir Humphry Davy. Printed at the end is a bibliography of Volta's publications. - Visit our website to see more images!
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