MAXWELL, James Clerk. Traité d'électricité et de magnétisme.
Paris, Gauthier-Villars et fils, 1885 - 1889.
4to (245x155 mm), xx-578 pages and 1 plate/ (6)-651 pages and 1 plate. binding : Contemporary quarter chagreen, cover with cloth. First cover gilten for Lycée St Louis.
First edition of the French translation by G. Seligmann-Lui, based on the second English edition.
Maxwell's equations which he exposes in his Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism revolutionized physics. They provide a mathematical framework for the study of electromagnetic waves and therefore are the basis of all 20th century physics, including Einstein's special relativity.
Major work in the history of science.