Paris: Chez Durand, 1752. 24,lxx,,222,,pp. plus folding plate. 12mo. Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt, leather label, edges stained red. Corners and spine extremities lightly worn. Slight separation at fold of plate. Contemporary bookplate on front pastedown, manuscript table of contents on front free endpaper. Very good. Item #WRCAM36906C
The first French edition of Franklin's famous work on electricity, a translation of the first part of his English publications on his experiments, originally published in London the previous year. This was the first edition issued in a foreign language, and the foundation of Franklin's fame in France, where a quarter century later he was greeted as the great sage of the New World. HOWES F320, "aa." FORD 80.