London: Taylor & Francis, 1857. 4to. [x], 312 pp. FIRST EDITION. With 14 engraved plates (many folding). Original printed wrappers. Item #4784
First edition, first printing of the author's Bakerian Lecture, his last contribution to the Royal Society. Here Faraday describes optical investigations on very thin films of gold and on ruby-coloured suspensions of ultra-microscopic particles of gold in various liquids. The importance of Faraday's observations on the conception of colloid chemistry was not fully realized until about forty years later. Virtually all of Faraday's papers were printed in the Philosophical Transactions.
This is the complete Part I of the Philosophical Transactions for the year 1857, and also includes:
SABINE, Edward, "On the evidence of the existence of the decennial inequality in the solar-diurnal magnetic variations..."
DONKIN, "On the equation of Laplace's functions, etc."
FRANKLAND, "Researches on organo-metallic bodies: On a new series of organic acids containing nitrogen."
LUBBOCK, "An account of the two methods of reproduction in Daphnia, and of the structure of the Ephippium." (Communicated by Charles Darwin).
OWEN, "On the Scelidothere."
RAINEY, "On the structure and development of the cysticercus cellulosae, as found in the muscles of the pig."
MATTEUCCI, "Electro-physiological researches. Physical and chemical phenomena of muscular contraction."
KIRKMAN, Rev. Thomas P., "On autopolar polyedra."
KIRKMAN, Rev. Thomas P., "On the K-partitions of the R-gon and R-ace."
CAYLEY, "A memoir upon caustics."
RANKINE, W.J. Macquorn. "On the stability of loose earth."
BROOKE, Henry James. "On the geometrical isomorphism of crystals."