A Complete Treatise on Electricity, in Theory and Practice; with Original Experiments.
by CAVALLO, Tiberius (1749-1809).
London:: C. Dilly, 1782., 1782. 8vo. xxiv, 495,  pp. 4 engraved folding plates. Original gilt-stamped mottled calf, maroon leather gilt-stamped spine label, raised bands; rubbed, corners showing. Very good. Second edition, "with considerable Additions and Alterations." Cavallo was an Italian physicist and a fellow of the Royal Society. His interest in science didn't develop until relatively late in his life—in 1771 he moved to London to begin a mercantile career, however upon becoming acquainted with a number of amateur physicists, particularly William Henley, he turned his attention to scientific research and the invention and improvement of scientific instruments. "Cavallo's first studies (1775-1776) concerned atmospheric electricity, where he explored with Franklin kites and with improved detectors of his own invention, fashioned after Canton's pith-ball electroscope. Although little came of his investigations (beyond the intelligence that rain often carries a negative charge), they required a course of self-instruction that culminated in Cavallo's most important work, A Complete Treatise on Electricity in Theory and Practice (1777). A second edition, with revisions, appeared in 1782 and a third, in three volumes, between 1786 and 1795. 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 Beccaria's obscure theories; and about Cavallo's forte, the design and operation of electrostatic instruments." – DSB III, p. 153. REFERENCES: Bakken p. 49; This edition not in Ronalds, Wheeler Gift.
(Inventory #: RW1347)
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