MANUEL D'ÉLECTRICITÉ DYNAMIQUE, by DEMONFERRAND, Jean Firmin.

MANUEL D'ÉLECTRICITÉ DYNAMIQUE, ou, Traité sur l'action mutuelle des conducteurs électriques et des aimans, et sur une nouvelle théorie du magnétisme; pour faire suite à tous les traités de physique élémentaire. Paris: Bachelier, libraire, successeur de Mme. Ve. Courcier,

1823. 8vo, pp. [iv], 210 [2] 216 [2] errata, [4] advertisements; 2/6, 5/5 6,3 and 11/6 are cancels; the bifolium 142 has the last 2 pages of text on 141 and publisher's advertisements on 142 and was presumably meant to be wrapped around sig. 15 so that the advertisement leaf would be at the end; with five folding engraved plates signed 'Gravé par Adam, Dessiné par Girard', numbered Pl. I–V (bound at the end); a little foxed and dust-soiled’; uncut, and partially unopened in the original plain pink wrappers lined with printers waste, printed label on spine, spine cracked, a little worn and frayed. First edition. The first treatise to bring together the discoveries of Oersted and Ampère on the fundamentals of electromagnetism. It was ‘adopté par le conseil royal de l'instruction publique, pour les bibliothèques de colléges royaux’ (title page).
Ampère corresponded with Demonferrand and also sent a copy of his book to Michael Faraday (Hofmann pp. 70 and 58 n.69).
A good copy in its original wrappers lined with printer's waste and with a 4-page advertisement section not part of the collation of the book.

Bibliography: Bakken p. 174; James R. Hofmann, ‘Ampère, Electrodynamics, and Experimental Evidence’, Osiris 2nd Series, 3 (1987) 45–76; Wheeler Gift 797 (calling for 10 plates in error).

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