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Niaudet, Alfred | Elementary Treatise on Electric Batteries

  • First English language edition, first printing of this early work on electric batteries by the French engineer Alfred Niaudet. Originally published as La Pile Electrique in 1878, this translation is based on the text of the second French edition.

    As explained in the preface, this was a practical work designed "to guide the uninitiated in the choice and management of of batteries, and even the professional electrician may find not only new matter but even old material presented in a new form... telegraphers generally will find many of their frequently recurring problems solved in its pages, and its perspicuity will save both inventor and investigator from useless experiments or errors, while at the same time the work offers to all new fields for careful research". The preface claims that "no other treatise upon the 'Electric Battery' has hitherto been published in English, French, or German” – presumably they mean no other practical guide for the general public – but we have been unable to verify this.

  • ...Translated by L. M. Fishback. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1880.

    Octavo. Original brown cloth, titles to spine gilt, brown coated endpapers. Steel engravings throughout. Bookseller’s ticket of E. & F. N. Spon to the recto of the rear free endpaper. Single pen trial to the front blank. Spine slightly rolled, cloth rubbed, particularly at the extremities, with some wear to the spine ends. A very good copy, the contents clean.