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Cavallo, Tiberius. Trattato completo d'elettricità teorica e pratica con sperimenti originali ... tradotto in Italiano dall'originale Inglese con addizioni e cangiamenti fatti dall' autore. Firenze: Gaetano Cambiagi Stamp. Granducale, 1779. 8vo (23 cm, 9.1"). xx, 511,  pp.; 1 fold. table., 3 fold. plts. $500.00
First edition of the first appearance in the author's native Italian of this treatise on electricity, originally published in English in 1777. Tiberius Cavallo (1749–1809, sometimes given as Tiberio), was a Naples-born physicist and natural philosopher who left Italy in favor of England in 1771, eventually becoming a Fellow of the Royal Society. In his day an eminent authority on electrical phenomena and their detection, he created the machine known as => Cavallo's multiplier.
The author was directly involved in this Italian translation, as evidenced by his letter to the translator (pp. vii–x), offering a number of corrections and expansions. The text, which includes a chapter dedicated to medical applications of electricity, is enhanced by a folding table of experimental data and by => three oversized, folding engraved plates depicting equipment and experimental setups, done by "SM."
Provenance: Title-page with early inked ownership inscription of Domenico Antonio Farini (1777–1834); later part of the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
Ronalds, Catalogue of Books & Papers Relating to Electricity, p. 100; Wheeler Gift. I, 463 (for the first English edition). 19th-century decorative paper–covered boards (sides with cream and light blue interlaced pattern, attractive shelfback of tan paper with foliate pattern in brown and green) and hand-inked paper label; edges and extremities much worn, with paper peeling back on both boards and text block starting to separate from spine at front joint (sewing holding). Pastedowns and endpapers with limited worming, at rear touching lower margin and innermost fold of final plate without affecting image; one leaf with paper flaw in upper margin. Page edges untrimmed, leaving wide handsome margins. Text block entirely solid and pages overall clean and crisp. => A most interesting copy of this interesting book. (40045) Please RESHELVE This.
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