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STURGEON, William.
The Annals of Electricity, Magnetism, & Chemistry; and Guardian of Experimental Science.

Conducted by WILLIAM STURGEON, and Assisted by Gentlemen Eminent in These Departments of Philosophy.

VOLUME 1, OCTOBER 1836 to OCTOBER 1837, nos.1-6 : pp. (ii), vi, 507, (i). Errata slip. 16 lithographed plates by W. ANNAN. VOLUME 2, JANUARY to JUNE, 1838, nos.7-12 : pp. (ii), vi, 480. 12 lithographed plates [3 with added colour] by W. ANNAN. VOLUME 3, JULY 1838 to APRIL 1839, nos.13-18 : pp. (ii), vii, (i) Errata, 592. 16 lithographed plates by ANNAN and ALVEY [8 folding]. VOLUME 4, JULY 1839 to APRIL 1840, nos. 19-24 : pp. v, (i) Errata, 506. 11 lithographed plates by ALVEY [4 folding]. VOLUME 5, JULY 1840 to DECEMBER 1840, nos. 25-30 : pp. vii, (i), 494. 10 plates, no imprint [3 folding, 7 lithographed, 2 electrotypes]. VOLUME 6, JANUARY 1841 to JUNE 1841, nos. 31-36 : pp. (vi), 512. 10 plates by ALVEY and PHYSICK [3 folding, two numbered '5', one electrotype not numbered]. Occasional text figure throughout the series. Uniform half calf and marbled boards, blind library stamp on top corners of prelims. including title, and the occasional neat stamp elsewhere, spines rather dilapidated but joints all firm, occasional plate dusty at the edges, overall a good to very good set.

*The Annals provide a compendious view of the work of many researchers in Britain and on the Continent, including reports and papers by FARADAY, JOULE, PRIESTLEY, CAVENDISH, BECQUEREL, GAY-LUSSAC, FOX, SNOW HARRIS. Publication predates any of the photographic journals and these volumes are of additional interest for the many photographic references by FOX, GROVE, LETTSOM, HUNT and DAVY, and, of course, DAGUERRE including this copy of the report in the Literary Gazette for 1839 - 'The Daguerre Secret - 'At the weekly sitting of the Academy of Sciences, on Monday Aug. 19, the process of M. Daguerre, for the formation of photogenic drawings, was, as had been previously announced, communicated to the public.... Every body was anxious to hear the secret, every body to catch the mot; all were desirous of learning whether their own scientific conjectures would be confirmed or not ........ We need hardly say that the most enthusiastic cheers responded from the grave benches even of the academy ............' THE EDITOR : It seems to us that, beautiful as this process is upon metallic substances, much of the utility of the photogenic copying will be lost, unless the artist and traveller can use paper instead of copper ........ the images are exquisitely correct, but gloomy-looking. They resemble moonlight pictures done in ink.' SEE Gernsheim #1025 for the LG report - Gernsheim does not list The Annals of Electricity. It is worth mentioning, in addition, the various reports resulting from W. SNOW HARRIS's paper on Lightning Conductors by ROBERT FITZROY and others recounting the effects of having such conductors aboard HMS Beagle : 'Previous to sailing from England in 1831, the Beagle was fitted with the permanent lightning conductors invented by Mr. W. Snow Harris F.R.S. .... the Beagle's masts, so fitted, answered well during the five years' voyage above mentioned .............'. **TOGETHER WITH : WALKER, Charles V[incent]. The Electrical Magazine. Simpkin, Marshall & Co.; H. Bailliere. London. 1845 [JULY 1843 - OCTOBER 1845]. 2 volumes in 1 [12 numbers, of 14]. pp. 628, (ii). Occasional text figure, one plate [Armstrong's Hydro-Electric Machine]; 160. Occasional text figure. Contemporary half calf, the spine worn at the edges, contents clean and joints firm. **There are many references within this volume to DAGUERREIAN photography, including some by SIR HUMPHRY DAVY. SEE Gernsheim #656 & 657 for WALKER Electrotype Manipulation ......... 1841. ***THE ANNALS in particular are very scarce - only one set of the 10 volumes has been recorded at auction in the past 30 years, selling in 1988 in America for $750; a single additional record in that time is for the volumes 1837-1839 which sold at Sotheby New York for $700 in 2002.

Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper, and W. Annan. London.

Date Published: October 1836 - June 1841. 6 volumes (of 10) in 4.

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Price: 1,500.00