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Elementary Treatise on Natural Philosophy by A. Pivat Deschanel. Translated and Edited with Extensive Additions by J. D. Everett

Elementary Treatise on Natural Philosophy by A. Pivat Deschanel. Translated and Edited with Extensive Additions by J. D. Everett
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Elementary Treatise on Natural Philosophy by A. Pivat Deschanel. Translated and Edited with Extensive Additions by J. D. Everett

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Published 1872: First UK Edition / Hardcover / Good Condition / Illustrated throughout with 700 Engravings on Wood and Three Coloured Plates

Original quarter leather and brown cloth with gilt titles on the spine. 1050 clean and bright slightly age-toned pages, speckled foxing on the endpapers and occasional pages within, Belfast library bookplate on inner cover and first free page, text block intact, separation on inner hinge could be readdressed with some glue. Boards are rubbed and faded with time and bumped on the corners consistent with age and frayed along the edges but remain firm and intact. A very scarce edition.

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First English edition, considered one of the best works on physics of the time. Detailed chapters on mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, acoustics, optics, and much more. Each subject includes a discussion of all the great scientists and their experiments, the methods they employed, any imperfections and variations by other scientists, and the solutions as far as the latest investigations known. Most of the subjects have been enlarged with extensive additions by the editor such as thermodynamics and electrical subjects by William Thomson and Michael Faraday, which had not as yet been established in France.

Privat-Deschanel (1821-1883) was a professor of physical sciences at Limoges, Lyon, Versailles and later at Lycee Louis-le-Grand, where he was headmaster. According to Everett’s preface, “this treatise is remarkable for the vigour of its style, which specially commends it as a book for private reading. But its leading excellence, as compared with the best works at present in use, is the thoroughly rational character of the information which it presents.”.

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