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“AMERICA’S FIRST GREAT SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTION”: Rare First Complete Edition of Franklin's Experiments and Observations on Electricity, Made at Philadelphia in America
Experiments and Observations on Electricity made at Philadelphia in America… To which are added, Letters and Papers on Philosophical Subjects. The Whole corrected, methodized, improved, and now first collected into one Volume, and Illustrated with Copper Plates.
London: Printed for David Henry and sold by Francis Newbery, 1769.
First complete edition of “the most important scientific book of 18th-century America” and “America’s first great scientific contribution” (PMM). Octavo, bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, morocco spine label. Advertisement & errata leaf inserted following preface. Illustrated with 7 copper-engraved plates, 2 of which are folding. In very good condition. First editions are rare, exceptionally so in a contemporary binding.
Price: $40,000.00 Item Number: 116750
“THE STANDARD HISTORY OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE NEW WORLD”: 1777 FIRST EDITION OF ROBERTSON’S AMERICA, WITH FOUR FOLDING MAPS
London: Printed for W. Strahan, T. Cadell, J. Balfour, 1777.
First edition of this important history of America, with four large engraved folding maps by Thomas Kitchin. Quarto, bound in full contemporary diced calf, gilt titles to the spine. In near fine condition, with the maps in fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 99633