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DEMONFERRAND, Jean Firmin (1795–1844)

Manuel d'électricité dynamique , ou, Traité sur l'action mutuelle des conducteurs électriques et des aimans, et sur une nouvelle théorie du magnétisme; pour faire suite à tous les traités de physique élémentaire

Paris: Bachelier, libraire, successeur de Mme. Ve. Courcier, 1823
8vo: π2 1–138 142 154, 112 leaves, pp. [4] 210 [2] 216 [2]. 2/6, 5/5 6,3 and 11/6 are cancels; errata on 15/4. The bifolium 142 has the last 2 pages of text on 14/1 and publisher's advertisements on 14/2 and was presumably meant to be wrapped around sig. 15 so that the advertisement leaf would be at the end. A further 2 leaf advertisement section (not included in the collation given above) is bound in between the text and the plates.
5 folding engraved plates signed 'Gravé par Adam, Dessiné par Girard', numbered Pl. I–V (bound at the end).
Condition: 215 x 140mm. Untrimmed.
Binding: Original plain pink wrappers lined with printers waste, printed label on spine. Spine cracked, a little worn and frayed.
First edition. Italian and German translations appeared in 1824.
Bibliography: Bakken p. 174; Wheeler Gift 797 (calling for 10 plates in error).
£1,200

The first treatise to bring together the discoveries of Oersted and Ampère on the fundamentals of electromagnetism. It was ‘adopté par le conseil royal de l'instruction publique, pour les bibliothèques de colléges royaux’ (title page).
Ampère corresponded with Demonferrand and also sent a copy of his book to Michael Faraday (Hofmann pp. 70 and 58 n.69).
A good copy in its original wrappers lined with printer's waste and with a 4-page advertisement section not part of the collation of the book.
Literature: James R. Hofmann, ‘Ampère, Electrodynamics, and Experimental Evidence’, Osiris 2nd Series, 3 (1987) 45–76.
Keywords:     electricity