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1 ABRAHAM, Max (1875-1922). Elektromagnetische Theorie der Strahlung.
Leipzig: B.G. Teubner, 1905. 1905 Signed
Series: Theorie der Elektrizitat, 2. 8vo. X, 404 pp. 5 figs., index. Blue cloth, black stamping. Very good. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR: „Dem unermüdlichen Erpäher der Latz-und Stye-Fehler gewidmet[?] vom Verfasser.“ Relative to Maxwell’s theory of electricity. Abraham was a German physicist, studied at the University of Berlin under Max Planck, becoming his assistant. His work took him to the University of Illinois, Italy, back to Stuttgart, Germany and finally to Aachen. He died of a brain tumor in 1922 at just 47 years of age. 
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2 AMES, J. S. [ed]. The Discovery of Induced Electric Currents.
New York: American Book, (1900). 
2 volumes. 8vo. xi, [1], 110, [ads 8]; v, [1], 96, [ads 10] pp. Figures; front free endpapers slightly torn. Yellow-stamped blue cloth; gilt-stamped front cover library numbers, corners and spine ends worn, lettering slightly faded. Columbia University Library bookplates, discard rubber stamps, title-page blind-stamps and following page rubber stamps, library card sleeves tipped-in at rear pastedowns. Tightly bound. Good. 
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3 BENJAMIN, Park. A History of Electricity.
New York: Arno Press, 1975. 1975 
8vo. 611 pp. Figs., index. Gilt-stamped green cloth. Originally published in 1895 under another title. Fine. 
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4 BERNARD, Claude Leons sur les proprieties des tissus vivants
Paris: J.-B. Baillire et fils 1866 xxx1474234711 paperback 1 
Paris:: J.-B. Baillire et fils. 1866. paperback. 1. Series: Cours de Physiologie Gnrale de la Fault des sciences de Paris. 8vo. 492, (ads.) 8, 46, [2] pp. 94 text figs.; foxed. Modern quarter black morocco over marbled boards, raised bands gilt-stamped spine title, original paper wrappers bound in. Bookplate of Andras Gedeon. Fine. . FIRST EDITION. Reprinted from lectures published in the Revue des cours scientifiques. In this series of lectures, Bernard discusses the activity of cilia and muscles, particularly the electrical stimulation of muscles, nerve stimulation, reflex activity, and the effects of curare on the nerves and musculature. Rabbits and frogs were used extensively in these experiments. Of significant importance is his study of the physiology of the heart and its relationship to the brain. This volume includes much material on the vasomotor system, the functions of the spinal cord, and other subjects in neurophysiology. There is also an important section on cardiovascular physiology that reflects the interaction of the nervous system and the heart (pp. 423-471). [Fye]. The courses that Bernard taught at the Sorbonne were, from their inception, of a more general character. His Leons sur les proprits des tissus vivants illustrate these tendencies. In this course, it was Bernards aim to determine the elementary conditions of the phenomena of life [DSB]. References: DSB Vol. II, p. 27; Norman 205; Osler 1512; Reynolds Historical Library 463; Singer, History of biology, p. 394; Waller 692. First Edition. 
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5 BEYAERT, R. Calcul des petits transformateurs.
Paris: Dunod, 1954. 1954 
240 x 155 mm. 8vo. xix, 397 pp. Figs., tables. Maroon cloth, gilt spine; end-leaves browned. Ownership blind stamp. Very good. 
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6 BRASCH, Arno & Fritz LANGE. "Experimentell-technische Vorbereitungen zur Atomzertrümmerung mittels hoher elektrischer Spannungen."
In: Zeitschrift für Physik, Vol. 70, 1931. 1931 
232 x 157 mm. 8vo. Pages 10-37. [Entire volume: vii, [1 blank], 832 pp.] 14 figs. Navy cloth, gilt spine; lightly rubbed, spine with two small gouges. Blind-stamp of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Mount Wilson Observatory. Very good. FIRST EDITION of this report on a project begun in 1927 at the Physikalisches Institut der Universität Berlin of using atmospheric electricity as a high voltage source. This was at the beginning of the efforts to create high voltage sources. The photographs of the electrical equipment in this article are quite remarkable; in one photograph a man is dwarfed by the collecting equipment suspended high between two mountain peaks. Pais, Inward bound, p. 406. First Edition. 
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7 BRILLOUIN, Marcel (1854-1948). Propagation de lElectricite; histoire et theorie.
Paris: A. Hermann, 1904. 
Head of title: Cours du Collge de France. 8vo. ix, 398 pp. Figs., 4 folding plates. Early quarter dark green gilt-stamped calf, marbled boards. Generally very good. 
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Philosophia Magnetica, In Qua Magnetis Natura Penitus Explicatur. Et Omnium Quae Hoc Lapide cernuntur, causae propriae afferuntur., CABEO, Niccolo [Cabaeus].
8 CABEO, Niccolo [Cabaeus]. Philosophia Magnetica, In Qua Magnetis Natura Penitus Explicatur. Et Omnium Quae Hoc Lapide cernuntur, causae propriae afferuntur.
Cologne and Ferrara: Johann Kinckius, Francesco Succi, 1629. 
Folio. [20], 412, [12] pp. Printers mark of first title with the added fine engraved architectural title-page with scientific apparatus, 149 and wood-engravings including world map (p. 93); first title and dedication pages browned as usual. Contemporary full vellum, gilt spine title, edges colored. The first [typographic] title and dedication pages were added to this Cologne edition (see below). Aside from the two German leaves, the rest of the text is clean, crisp and very fine. FIRST EDITION, COLOGNE ISSUE, OF THE FIRST WORK TO DISCUSS ELECTRICAL REPULSION, PERHAPS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DISCOVERY OF THE CENTURY FOLLOWING GILBERT. WOLF. THE FIRST WORK TO DISCUSS ELECTRICAL REPULSION. On p. 194 of this famous work of the great Italian Jesuit will be found the first recognition of electrical repulsion. Gilberts discoveries and theories are freely discussed, the latter often adversely. Sympathetic telegraphy disproved (page 301); magnetic field mapped out by iron filings; also diagrams of the magnetic (lovers) telegraph. Cabeo opposed the views of Copernicus on astronomy, as well as those of Gilbert on terrestrial magnetism. Copies of this first edition are much sought after. Wheeler Gift. An important work on the loadstone... A curious chapter...institutes a comparison between electrical and magnetical attraction...The PHILOSOPHIA MAGNETICA is the second Latin book published on electricity. Mottelay. The Cologne issue adds a new typographic title-page and resets the dedication leaf (conjugate leaf) beginning Ludovico XIII [see Wellcome description]. The Papal arms which were at the top of the engraved title-page are replaced with the Jesuit emblem and the last line of the title beginning with multa quoque dicuntur. has been added. It seems fairly obvious that Succi printed two variants of the book, one intended for the German trade; the paper of the book is distinctly a superior Italian printing on fine paper except for the added leaves which are on the typically browned paper of seventeenth century German books. Probably Kinkius printed these two leaves and sent them to Italy to be added to his issue of the book. This copy is in a typical Italian binding of the time which implies, in this catalogers mind, that Succi supplied the books with the changes in a finished form to his German counterpart. REFERENCES: Bakken 7; Bibl. Dt. Mus. Libri rari 060; Ferguson I, 136; Riccardi I, 205; Ronalds 92; Sotheran, 659; Wheeler Gift 97; De Backer-Sommervogel II, 483, 1; Thorndike VII, 267ff.; Wellcome I, 1171a. Full title: Philosophia Magnetica, In Qua Magnetis Natura Penitus Explicatur. Et Omnium Quae Hoc Lapide cernuntur, causae propriae afferuntur: Nova Etiam Praxis Construitur. quae propriam Poli elevationem, cum meridiano, ubique demonstrat, Multa Quoque Dicuntur De electricis & aliis attractionibus, & eorum casis FULL TITLE: Philosophia Magnetica, In Qua Magnetis Natura Penitus Explicatur. Et Omnium Quae Hoc Lapide cernuntur, causae propriae afferuntur: Nova Etiam Praxis Construitur. quae propriam Poli elevationem, cum meridiano, ubique demonstrat,. [PLEASE CONTACT DIRECT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION]. First Edition. 
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9 CAVALLO, Tibere (1749-1809]. Trait Complet dlectricit. Traduit de lAnglois sur la seconde & dernire Edition de lAuteur, enrichie de ses nouvelles Expriences.
Paris: Chez Guillot 1785 hardcover 8vo. xxiv, 343, [5] pp. Four folding engraved plates; occasional browning. Early full calf, five raised spine bands, gilt-stampe 
Paris:: Chez Guillot. 1785. hardcover. 8vo. xxiv, 343, [5] pp. Four folding engraved plates; occasional. browning. Early full calf, five raised spine bands, gilt-stamped. spine, gilt-stamped red leather spine label; extremities rubbed,. corners worn, front outer hinge starting. Very good.. Cavallo was an Italian physicist whose self-instruction in studies of atmospheric electricity led to his most important work, A Complete Treatise on Electricity. An excellent compendium, the Treatise served the needs of both the neophyte and the initiate, who found in its appendixes valuable details about medical electricity; about Beccarias obscure theories; and about Cavallos forte, the design and operation of electrostatic instruments (DSB, Vol. III 153). . 2 
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10 CAVENDISH, Henry. The Electrical Researches of the Honourable Henry Cavendish. Edited by J. Clerk Maxwell.
(London): Frank Cass, 1967. 
New impression of the first edition. 8vo. lxvi, 454 pp. Gilt-stamped red cloth; spine slightly faded, tipped-in label fragment at ffe. Bookplate, ex-library stamp verso title page. Very good. First Edition. 
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Manuel dlectricit Dynamique, ou Trait sur laction mutuelle des conducteurs lectriques et des aimans, et sur une nouvelle thorie du magnetism; pour faire suite  tous les Traits de Physique lmentaire., DEMONFERRAND, Jean-Fermin.
11 DEMONFERRAND, Jean-Fermin. Manuel dlectricit Dynamique, ou Trait sur laction mutuelle des conducteurs lectriques et des aimans, et sur une nouvelle thorie du magnetism; pour faire suite tous les Traits de Physique lmentaire.
Paris: Bachelier, 1823. 
8vo. 8.25 x 5.25 inches. [4], 210, [2] pp. It appears that this work was issued in two printings in 1823. There is no mention of two issues in any reference work, so we can only guess at which issue is the first. Some institutional copies (such as the Wheeler copy) are numbered to page 210 (like ours) and in those copies the address of the publisher given on the title page is Quai des grands-Augustins, no. 55 (with the issue point of a lower case g in grands). ILLUSTRATIONS: Five folding engraved plates with light scattered foxing, but overall in very good plus condition. BINDING: Handsomely bound in modern calf over marbled boards with gilt-stamped spine label; corners rubbed, spine carefully repaired with ends missing small pieces. INTERIOR: Endpapers renewed. Some light foxing to half-title page and an occasional small, light brown spot scattered in the text, but overall the interior is in near fine condition. This work was translated into English by James Cumming in 1872 as A Manual of Electro Dynamics, or, Treatise on the Mutual Action of Electric Conductors and Magnets. Scarce FIRST EDITION of the first textbook on electrodynamics to incorporate the newly made discoveries of Ampre and Oersted (Bakken 174; Poggendorff, 548). Demonferrands Manuel dlectricit Dynamique illuminates the fundamental phenomena and laws of electro-dynamics and represents a first, important, and comprehensive treatment (written in scientific and mathematical language) of Amperes theory of electromagnetism (Wheeler 797). Demonferrands account is more informative in some other respects than either of the previous written versionsThe notion of an equilibrium is reported here for the first time, yet it agrees with a much later account given by Ampre himself in1833. Furthermore, Demonferrand indicatedthat the object of [one of his] experiment[s] was to throw light on the question of whether electric currents already exist in iron when it is in the unmagnetized condition, or if they are brought into being as a result of magnetization. The result of the experiment did not settle this questionBut once again we find Demonferrand anticipating a later statement (1833) by Ampre of his objective in performing the experiment.Some years later, after the publication of Faradays discovery, the history of this experiment suddenly acquired some importance (Ross 92). Demonferrands account of the Ampre-de La Rive experiment has a certain precision of description that suggests he may have derived it in part from Ampre himself; it is, at all events, a more explicit account than any previously published Ampre, himself, promoted Demonferrands work, sending many copies of Manuel dlectricit Dynamique abroad, including one to Michael Faraday (Ross 90). Demonferrand (1795-1844) was a pupil of Ampre and a professor of mathematics and physics at the Colge Royale in Versailles. In this work, he describes many of Ampres theories, supplemented with experimental research and theories of his own. Ronalds 132; Bakken 174; Poggendorff 548; Catalogue of the Wheeler Gift of Books 797; Ross, Sydney in Nineteenth-century Attitudes: Men of Science. 1991, pp. 92-94. First Edition. 
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12 DIBNER, Bern. The Atlantic Cable.
Tokyo: Ocean Cable, 1997. 
Japanese-language edition of 1956 edition. (Norwalk, CT: Burndy Library), n.d. 4to. 68 pp. With reproduction of title-page and original illustrations, folding map, bibliography. Original printed wrappers; top front edge slightly nicked. Burndy Library bookplate. Near fine. [Japanese text only]. 
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13 DU BOIS-REYMOND, Emil (1818-1896). De Fibrae Muscularis Reactione Ut Chemicis Visa Est Acida. Commentatio qua ad audiendam praelectionem, pro loco in facultate medica, rite obtinendo Die XXVI. Mensis Martii Hora I.
Berolini: Georgium Reimer, 1859. 1859 
4to. 43, [1] pp. Early plain brown wrappers. Ownership embossed stamp on title. Very good. Scarce. First Edition of the author’s lecture that proved tetanized muscle yields an acid reaction. “These observations may have played a part in his discovery of glycogen in muscle a few years later. Du Bois-Reymond in 1859 recorded that fresh resting muscle had a neutral or slightly alkaline reaction, which changed to an acid reaction on activity or death.” – Dorothy M. Needham, Machina Carnis; The Biochemistry of Muscular Contraction in its Historical Development, Cambridge University Press 1971, p. 41. “When stimuli are thrown into muscle with sufficient rapidity, contractions overtake one another, sum their effects, and maintain the muscle against extending forces, in a position more or less of maximum contraction. Such continued contraction is called a tetanus, the laws of which belong to the physics of the muscle.” – Arthur Gamgee, A Text-book of the Physiological Chemistry of the Animal Body ..., Volume 1, London, 1880. “Emil du Bois-Reymond is the most important forgotten intellectual of the nineteenth century. In his own time (1818–1896) du Bois-Reymond grew famous in his native Germany and beyond for his groundbreaking research in neuroscience and his provocative addresses on politics and culture.” – MIT Press. “When du Bois-Reymond began his investigations neurophysiologists were divided. Some followed the physician Luigi Galvani (1737–1798) in ascribing the action of nerves and muscles to vital powers of “animal electricity.” Others sided with the physicist Alessandro Volta (1745–1827) in believing that the muscular contractions that Galvani observed were an artifact of electricity generated by the contact of metal with organic tissue (Pera, 1992; Piccolino, 1998; Piccolino and Bresadola, 2013). Recognizing value in both positions, du Bois-Reymond solved the problem of contact electricity, set forth a program of biological reduction, and demonstrated the electrical nature of nerve signals. In a little less than two years—from March, 1841 to January, 1843—he created the discipline of electrophysiology. – Finkelstein, “Mechanical neuroscience: Emil du Bois-Reymond's innovations in theory and practice.” – Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 30 September 2015. Bakken, Books and Manuscripts of the Bakken, p. 177; Haymaker, Founders of Neurology, pp.179-181. First Edition. 
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14 FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Briefe von der Elektrizität; Übersetzt und mit Anmerkungen Versehen von Carl Wilcke; Eingeleitet und Erläutert von John Heilbron.
Braunschweig: Vieweg, (1983). 1983 3528085290 / 9783528085292 
[Facsimile of 1751 E. Cave edition of Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America, by Mr. Benjamin Franklin, and Communicated in several Letters to Mr. P. Collinson of London, F. R. S.] 8vo. li, 136 pp. Illus., index. Black stamped gray cloth, dust jacket. Fine. RARE. ISBN: 3528085290 Dust jacket present. 
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15 GALVANI, Luigi. Il �Taccuin �.
Fabriano: Arti Grafiche �Gentil �, 1998. 
Reprint of the 1937 edition of Galvani�s manuscript, �a notebook of Galvani�s investigations into torpedoes in the mid-1790�s� (DSB V: 269). 12mo. [vi], xxv pp. 68 ff. [facsimile of MS.], 41, [2] pp. Original gilt-stamped gray cloth. Fine. Burndy bookplate. Scarce. Limited edition of 1000 copies. 
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16 GALVANI, Luigi. Memorie sulla Elettricita Animale; al celebre abate Lazzaro Spallanzani. Aggiunte alcune elettriche esperienze di Giovanni Aldini.
Roma: Theoria, 1983. 
8vo. 184 pp. Figs., index. Printed wrappers. Very good. 
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17 GERLACH, Walther (1889-1979). Materiem Elektrizität Energie die Entwicklung der Atomistik in den Letzten zehn Jahren.
Dresden & Leipzig: Theodor Steinkopff, 1923. 1923 
Series: Wissenschaftliche Forschungsberichte; Naturwissenschaftliche Reihe … Band VII. 8vo. 195 pp. Original printed orange wrappers; heavily worn, chipped. Ownership signature of Hermann Löventhal. Working copy only, as is. Gerlach was a German physicist worked at the University of Frankfurt, who co-discovered spin quantization in a magnetic field, the Stern-Gerlach effect. 
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18 GRAY, Andrew. Absolute Measurements in Electricity and Magnetism. Second edition rewritten and extended.
London: Macmillan, 1921. 
8vo. xix, 837 pp. Small ex-library rubber stamp on final leaf of index, white call number painted on spine; bookplate of Alan E. Shapiro. Very good. Scarce. Gray (1847-1925) Scottish physicist and mathematician; in 1896 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society; succeeded Kelvin at Glasgow as Professor of Natural Philosophy 
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19 HARRIS, Sir William Snow (1791-1867). The Bakerian Lecture. - Inquiries concerning elementary laws of electricity.
London: Richard and John E. Taylor, 1839. 1839 
Third Series. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. For the year MDCCCXXXIX, Part II. 305 x 241 mm. 4to. Pages (215)-241. [Entire volume: [vi], (215)-438, 12, [4] pp.] 6 tables. Original navy cloth, black leather spine label, gilt spine; joints reinforced with kozo. Very good. FIRST EDITION of William Harris' Bakerian Lecture. Harris contributed papers on the elementary laws of electricity in 1834, 1836, and 1839, and they are described in the DNB as "his best work." Sir William Snow Harris was an electrician who was knighted in 1847 for his improved lightning conductor. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1831. In 1835 Harris received the Copley Medal from the Royal Society for his papers on the laws of electricity of high tension. “The two great authorities on electrical distribution and its consequences are Coulomb and Sir William Harris... on repeating the experiments, [Harris] found Coulomb’s results only approximately correct, and modified these laws accordingly...” – John T. Sprague, Electricity: Its Theory, Sources, and Applications, 2nd ed., London, 1884, p. 63. “Sir William Snow Harris (1 April 1791 – 22 January 1867) was an English physician and electrical researcher,[1] nicknamed Thunder-and-Lightning Harris,[2] and noted for his invention of a successful system of lightning conductors for ships. It took many years of campaigning, research and successful testing before the British Royal Navy changed to Harris's conductors from their previous less effective system. One of the successful test vessels was HMS Beagle which survived lightning strikes unharmed on her famous voyage with Charles Darwin... He read papers on the elementary laws of electricity to the Society in 1834, 1836 and 1839, and also sent accounts of his experiments and discoveries to the Royal Society of Edinburgh.” – [Wikip.]. REFERENCES: DNB, XI, pp. 30-31; Encyclopædia Britannica, XIII, pp. 20-21; Mottelay, Bibliographical history of electricity and magnetism, pp. 468-469. See: Uman, Martin A. The Art and Science of Lightning Protection. Cambridge University Press, 2008. (pp. 175–176, 179). First Edition. 
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20 HAUKSBEE, Francis (1666-1713). Physico-Mechanical Experiments On Various Subjects. Containing An Account of several Surprizing Phenomena touching Light and Electricity, Producible on the Attrition of Bodies. With many other Remarkable Appearances, not before observ’d. Together with the Explanations of all the Machines, (the Figures of which are Curiously Engrav’d on Copper) and other Apparatus us’d in making the Experiments.
London: R. Brugis, 1709. 1709 
Small 4to. (201 x 160 mm) [14], 194 pp. 8 plates (7 folding); foxing to some sections, plates 3 and 4 bound in reverse order, 1 plate facing p. 160, margins of two plates reinforced. Full modern speckled tan calf, raised bands, gilt-stamped spine title. Bookplate of Andras Gedeon, ink ownership marks of James William Heath (1869) on front endleaf. Very good. FIRST EDITION. THE DISCOVERY OF NEON LIGHTING. By 1705, Hauksbee had discovered that if he placed a small amount of mercury in the glass of his modified version of Otto von Guericke’s generator and evacuated the air from it, and then he caused a charge to be built up on the ball, a glow was visible if he placed his hand on the outside of the ball. This glow was bright enough to read by. This effect later became the basis of Neon lighting and mercury vapor lights. “Hauksbee’s important experiments on electroluminescence, static electricity, and capillarity, described in the present work, mark the beginning of sustained experimentation in the field of electricity. He was the first to demonstrate the optical effects produced by the passage of electricity through rarified air. His demonstration of the efficacy of glass in producing frictional electricity opened the way from the work of Gray, Dufay and Franklin, and his discoveries in capillarity (he was the first adequately to explore the subject) influenced Laplace nearly one hundred years later. Hauksbee performed many of his experiments at the suggestion of Isaac Newton, from whom Hauksbee learned the theoretical import of some of his discoveries; in turn, Hauksbee’s results influenced Newton’s revisions and additions in the new editions of his Principia and Optiks.” [Norman]. References: DSB Vol. VI, pp. 169-175; Duveen, p. 282; ESTC T60574; Norman 1020. First Edition. 
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