Cambridge: University Press, 1879. 8vo. lxvi, 454, plus 27-page publisher's advertisements. FIRST EDITION. With 3 full-page plates of Cavendish's manuscript facsimiles, 8 other facsimilies of figures from Cavendish, numerous text diagrams. Original maroon cloth, head and tail of spine rubbed, otherwise a fine, uncut copy with the bookplate of B. V. M. Winton, and withdrawn stamp from New College Library, Oxford. Item #10804
First edition of Cavendish's experiments in electrical science and fluid mechanics. Although these researches were conducted between 1771 and 1781, the results were not published until Maxwell prepared this edition, because of Cavendish's highly eccentric and reclusive personality. Cavendish (1731-1810) was the first to conduct quantitative experiments on the inductive capacity of charged bodies, realizing that capacity could be expressed as length.