The Gentleman’s Magazine and Historical Chronicle; [Franklin's First Experiments with Electricity]

London: Gentleman’s Magazine and Historical Chronicle, 1750. First Edition. Half Calf. 1st edition (vol. XX). Contains the first 2 appearances in print anywhere, announcing Franklin’s discoveries and experiments with electricity. The Jan. 1750 issue (p. 34) reprints a letter from Franklin identifying electricity as “the electrical fire” and saying, “…it is a real Element, intimately united with all other matter, from whence it is collected by tube, or sphere.” The May 1750 issue (p. 208) reprints a second letter from Franklin announcing his invention of the lightening rod. Contemporary half calf, worn and strengthened but not rebacked, a few pages bound out of order, else a good, solid, heavyweight book. Good. Item #321

Price: $1,750.00

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