Des Herrn Benjamin Franklins Esq. Briefe von der Electricitat. Aus dem Englandischen Ubersetzet Nebst Anmerkungen von J. C. Wilcke.
by FRANKLIN, Benjamin.
Leipzig:: Gottfried Kiesewetter, 1758., 1758. 8vo. , 354 pp. Engraved frontis., engraved title vignette, engraved initials, engraved head & tail pieces; foxed. Original red leather spine, boards, early ms. on spine; extremities rubbed. Early bookplates of Albert Friedrich May, & Lt. Col. May. Very good. RARE. FIRST GERMAN EDITION. "Franklin's most important scientific publication." Norman 830 (first English edition). A vital work that represents a historic publication in the literature of electricity. "The most dramatic result of Franklin's researches was the proof that lightning is really an electrical phenomenon." Printing and the Mind of Man 199 (1st ed., 1751). There are two known states of the first German edition: with an erratum on p. 354, and without. This copy does not have the erratum. PROVENANCE: Albert Friedrich May (1773-1853), Bernese magistrate. This edition not in BM Readex; Norman; Poggendorff; Brunet; Lowndes.
(Inventory #: SS13500)
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