Faraday's Diary. Being the Various Philosophical Notes of Experimental Investigation Made …

FARADAY, Michael. Faraday's Diary. Being the Various Philosophical Notes of Experimental Investigation Made by Michael Faraday D.C.L., F.R.S. During the Years 1820-1862….

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FARADAY, Michael. Faraday's Diary. Being the Various Philosophical Notes of Experimental Investigation Made by Michael Faraday D.C.L., F.R.S. During the Years 1820-1862 and Bequeathed by him to the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Now, by Order of the Managers, Printed and Published for the First Time, under the Editorial Supervision of Thomas Martin, M.Sc. with a Foreword by Sir William H. Bragg, O.M., K.B.E., F.R.S. Director of the Laboratory of the Royal Institution. London: W. Lewis, The University Press, Cambridge for G. Bell and Sons, Ltd, 1932-1936.

8vo, 8 volumes including index. Original blue cloth, spines ruled and lettered in gilt, dustwrappers on vols II-VI and VIII, vols IV and VII top edges gilt, other vols top edges blue; pp. I: xxiii, [5 (blank, abbreviations used by Faraday, blank, section-title, blank)], 430, [2 (blank l.)]; II: [2 (blank l.)], xvii, [1 (blank)], [1]-272, [2 (inserted l. with transcription of facing facsimile, verso blank)], 273-467, [1 (blank)]; III: xii, 466, [2 (blank l.)]; IV: xii, 448; V: [2 (blank l.)], xiii, [1 (blank)], 456; VI: [2 (blank l.)], xiv, 495, [1 (blank)]; VII: [2 (blank l.)], xvii, [1 (blank)], 465, [3 (blank)]; VIII: [2 (blank l.)], 64, [2 (blank l.)]; volumes I-VII with frontispieces, all retaining tissue guards, 13 plates,those in vols III-VII with tissue guards, numerous facsimile illustrations in the text, letterpress tables in the text;occasional light marking, short marginal tears on I, 19/1 and III, 7/8, 2 pp. in vol. II dust-marked, volume V with flaw to upper wrappers, otherwise a very good set; provenance: Royal Institution, 2 volumes marked 'Librarian's Room' in pencil on upper pastedowns.
First edition. Throughout his time at the Royal Institution, Faraday kept a diary for his own purposes and the original is still held at the Royal Institution. For this finely-produced edition, plates were specially engraved so as to reproduce the diagrams and illustrations Faraday himself inscribed on the margins of his diary within the text. In this set, volume I appears to be the second issue, with the preliminary text ending at p. xxiii and including the contents pages.

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