Hauksbee ELECTRICAL EXPERIMENTS - 1754 1st French Fold Out Diagrams
Hauksbee, Francis, EXPERIENCES PHYSIO-MECHANIQUES SUR DIFFERENS SUJETS, ET PRINCIPALEMENT SUR LA LUMIERE ET L'ELECTRICITE, PRODUITES PAR LE FROTIEMENT DES CORPS. Paris: Chez la Veuve Cavelier, & Fils, 1754. 1st French Ed. full calf, gilt decoration to spine, gilt armorial binding stamps on front and rear boards that of College Royal de Toulouse, 16mo (6.5 x 3.75"), very good / n.a., vol.1 only of a 2vol. set, CLXXVI 1 - 490, [v.plates], corners bumped, rubbed and worn, small chip in middle of the spine (.0625"), sporadic light soiling/staining mostly contained to end papers, binding is tight.
Francis Hauksbee (1660–1713), also known as Francis Hawksbee, was an 18th-century English scientist best known for his work on electricity and electrostatic repulsion. Hauksbee was an instrument maker and appointed as chief experimentalist of the Royal Society. He was also Isaac Newton’s lab assistant. He was never formally appointed as Curator of experiments, even though he fulfilled the functions customarily associated with that office. On 15 December 1703, he made his first experimental demonstration to the Society (a new air-pump and the phenomenon of ‘mercurial phosphorus,’ a kind of electrostatic discharge). This was also the first meeting chaired by Isaac Newton, who had just become president of the Society, and wished to resurrect the Royal Society’s weekly demonstrations. Hauksbee was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society on 30 November 1705. Though this author cannot speak nor read French, enough is know to recognize this is quite the distinctive book indeed - a marvelous sector of Captured Tyme!