Oct 20, 2009 - Sale 2190

Sale 2190 - Lot 3

Price Realized: $ 960
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
ALDINI, GIOVANNI. Essai Théorique et Expérimental sur le Galvanisme. 10 folding engraved plates. Half-titles. 2 volumes in one. 8vo, contemporary 1/4 sheep with roan lettering piece, spine rubbed, ends chipped, front cover detached; contents variously foxed, contemporary ownership inscription on half-titles. Burndy Library bookplate. Paris: Fournier fils, 1804

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first edition, octavo issue, of the chief work on the theory of animal electricity by Galvani's nephew, "an ardent partisan of his uncle's cause" (DSB); includes accounts of Mojon's magnetization of steel needles through prolonged insertion in a voltaic circuit, and of galvanic experiments by Aldini and Carpue on the body of a beheaded criminal in Newgate Prison. DSB I, 107-08; Wheeler Gift 660; cf. Garrison-Morton 1989.1.