Lyon, France: Bernuset, 1787. Full Leather. First Edition. xxviii, 446, 391,  pp. 6 Plates. 8vo. Brown mottled calf contemporary bindings. Considerable wear and scuffing, chipping at edges. Five raised bands with title patches for tilte and volume number, gold embossed floral motifs fill remaining spaces between bands. Marbled endpapers with matching marbling on all three sides of text blocks. First free endpaper of Volume I loose, but still connected. Slight darkening to edges of pages due to age. Contains six folding plates at rear in Fine condition. Very Good.
An important work in the history of both electricity and meteorology. Pierre Bertholon de Saint-Lazare (1741-1800) was a close friend of Benjamin Franklin and devoted considerable study to electrical phenomena. This publication focuses on the natural phenomena connected to electricity and is a key resource of numerous details of the experiments and observations of the leading experimenters in the field including Nollet, de Luc, Spallanzani, Bernouilli, and Franlin.