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An Essay on Electricity

An Essay on Electricity, explaining the Principles of that Useful Science; and describing the Instruments, contrived either to illustrate the theory, or render the practice entertaining.to which is added A Letter to the Author, from Mr. John Birch, Surgeon, on the subject of Medical Electricity

Adams, George Fifth edition, with corrections and additions by William Jones. Engraved folding frontispiece and five folding plates of instruments at back. xiv, 594, 14, 2 pp. 8vo. George Adams, an English optician and writer of the late eighteenth century, published a wide variety of scientific works, including essays on microscopy, electricity, astronomy, geography, and natural and experimental philosophy. Adams, who was mathematical instrument-maker to King George II of England was well-known in London. The five folding plates at the rear of this volume illustrate his mathematical and scientific instruments in detail. At the back of this volume is "A Catalogue of Optical, Mathematical, and Philosophical Instruments made and sold by W. and S. Jones" (14 pages) followed by a two-page notice of W. and S. Jones having taken over the stock of Mr. George Adams’ "Philosophical Essays" after Adams’ death in 1795. John Birch, whose letter on medical electricity accompanies this edition, was a surgeon, and the author of "Della Forza dell’Elettricita" (Naples, 1778). Contemporary mottled calf sympathetically rebacked. Some neat repairs to plates, but a clean copy Engraved folding frontispiece and five folding plates of instruments at back. xiv, 594, 14, 2 pp. 8vo Fifth edition, with corrections and additions by William Jones.
An Iconography of the Engravings of Stephen Gooden. EDITION DE LUXE

An Iconography of the Engravings of Stephen Gooden. EDITION DE LUXE, WITH AN ORIGINAL ENGRAVING OF MONKEY SIGNED BY THE ARTIST AND DATED 1943 as frontispiece

Dodgson, Campbell No. 111 of a limited edition of 160 copies, engraved frontispiece of monkey, signed by Gooden. With approximately 185 photographic reproductions of the artist’s work, illustrating virtually all of his engravings up to 1944. xv, [i], 195 pp. Printed at the Curwen Press. 1 vols. 8vo. Stephen Gooden (1892-1955) was the most accomplished line engraver of his time. He illustrated a number of books, among them the Nonesuch Bible, Fables of La Fontaine, George Moore’s The Brook Kerith, and Aesop’s Fables, produced a notable series of bookplates, including a number for The Royal Family, and was the official designer to the Bank of England. Because his work invariably appeared in limited editions, which restricted the public’s access to his work, he is not as well known–particularly in America–as he deserves to be, but his work is unsurpassed. This is the standard work on Stephen Gooden, and has not been superceded. Original blue cloth, upper cover blocked with a device by the artist in gilt, vellum spine, t.e.g., small tear to edge of front free endpaper repaired without loss, else fine, in the original cloth slipcase With approximately 185 photographic reproductions of the artist’s work, illustrating virtually all of his engravings up to 1944. xv, [i], 195 pp. Printed at the Curwen Press. 1 vols. 8vo No. 111 of a limited edition of 160 copies, engraved frontispiece of monkey, signed by Gooden.
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