London: Royal Society of London, 1853. Hardcover. First Edition. iv, -566, -15 pp. 4to. Library binding, tan leather spine with gold embossed titling. Interiors clean, ex-library stamp on title page, and occurring sporadically within. Numerous folding plates that illustrate articles. Pages were trimmed slightly when rebound. Very Good.
Thomson's important paper that explains what became known as the Joule-Thomson Effect: the change in temperature of a gas when passed through a porous plug or valve. Also known as the "throttling process."
Also contains George Gabriel Stokes' "On the Change of Refrangibility of Light.- No. II" (pp.385-386) and J. C. Adams' "On the Secular Variation of the Moon's Mean Motion" (pp. 397-406).