"EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS OF CENTRAL IMPORTANCE": FARADAY'S EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCHES IN CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, FIRST EDITION
FARADAY, Michael. Experimental Researches in Chemistry and Physics. London: Richard Taylor and William Francis, 1859. Octavo, original blue-green blind-stamped cloth. $2800.
First edition of Faraday's collected papers in chemistry and physics, documenting important discoveries from one of the world's greatest scientists, with three engraved plates (one folding). A very nice copy in the original cloth.
"This collection of physical and chemical papers, reprinted from the Philosophical Transactions and elsewhere, includes Faraday's account of the production of the first known compounds of chlorine and carbon (C2Cl6 and C2Cl4), which was achieved by substituting chlorine of hydrogen in ethylene—the first substitution reaction. Also present are his announcement of the discovery of benzene, his account of the liquefaction of chlorine and other gases, and works on the composition of lime, the production of high-grade steels, and optical glass. One of the most important physical papers in this collection is the one on ray vibrations, in which Faraday tentatively put forward an explanation for the transmission of light through a vacuum without a vibrating machine; this is an embryonic form of the electromagnetic theory of light" (Norman 765). Evidence of errata slip at page 445, no longer present. Simmons, The Scientific 100 11.
Interior clean, front free endpaper with one corner renewed. Just a touch of rubbing to extremities. A near-fine copy.