NOLLET, Jean-Antoine. Leçons de physique expérimentale.
Paris, Durand, 1771-1783.
Six 12mo (168x101 mm), (4)-civ-379 / (4)-488 / (4)-512 / (4)-535-(1 bl.) (pages 121 to 144 in double) / vi-(2)-592 / iv-524 pages, one frontispiece and 116 folding plates. illustration : One frontispiece engraving and 116 fold-out engravings of physical instruments used by Nollet durring his experimentations. binding : Contemporary full mottle sheep. Bindings a little rubbed. Small wormholes.
Jean Antoine Nollet (1700-1770) was an experimental physicist prominent member of the Academy of Sciences in Paris.
Nollet spent considerable time on the power and became one of the authorities of his time.
Mixed edition as often.
references: DSB [X p. 145 : "Nollet's 'Cours de physique' was perhaps the most popular exhibition of this kind ever given. With carefully orchestrated demonstrations performed on some 350 different instruments, the abbé entertained his enthusiastic auditor as, in the spirit of th Enlightenment, he undertook to dispel their "vulgar errors, extravagant fears and faith in the marvellous. These were not mere shows, as one sees from their expanded syllabus, the famous 'Leçons de Physique' which appeared in six volumes between 1743 and 1748 and wad often reprinted. The presentations are lively, comprehensive, and up-to-date, with full directions, for realizing the effects under study and excellent illustrations of apparatus"].
Price : 750 €