Giuseppe Toaldo - Preservare gli edifizj da' fulmini - 1778

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Giuseppe Toaldo - Preservare gli edifizj da' fulmini - 1778
Physics, Science (general) - Quantity: 1 - tipped in plates - Book

Large folded plates engraved on copper by Zuliani, from Castellani’s invention, with illustrations of lightning rods to be applied to different buildings. One depicts the Bell Tower of St. Mark in Venice.
An important study on lightning and electrical conductors used as protection against it in private homes and in a wide variety of locations, deeply influenced by Benjamin Franklin’s research.
Second edition, the first one dates back to 1774 Wheeler Gift, I, n. 449 (for the first edition). Riccardi, II, 526. Rossetti-Cantoni, 97. Morazzoni, 258. Poggendorff, II, 1113. See Riccardi, II, 525:3.3. Houzeau / Lancaster, 5465. Ronalds, 500. Motteley, 253.

The publication of this volume consecrated Giuseppe Toaldo (1719–1797), a natural philosopher of European renown, as the undisputed protagonist of the cultural battle in favour of the use of lightning rods. The work, an authentic manifesto of the apologists of ''bars'' or ''electric rods'', helped to clarify the fiery eighteenth-century European debate on the use of lightning rods and to dispel the fears raised by Benjamin Franklin's invention.
During the second half of the eighteenth century, in fact, electrical phenomena ceased to arouse only wonder and amazement and became a systematic object of study, until they constituted a fundamental chapter in experimental physics.

Hardcover binding, in perfect condition, very white sheets with wide margins. Pp. XII, 104, (4). Title page with allegorical vignette with Pallas Athena. A chalcographic historiated headpiece, ornate drop caps, vignette with putti engraved on the colophon. At the end, 2 large folded plates engraved on copper by Zuliani, from Castellani’s invention, with illustrations of lightning rods to be applied to different buildings. The final letter is present (often missing).
The following inscription is on the title page: ‘Per dono dell’Autore’, indicating that this specific book was probably personally given by the author to an acquaintance.

Full title:
Dei conduttori per preservare gli edifizj da' fulmini. Memorie. In questa nuova Edizione ritoccate ed accresciute di un'Appendice su i fatti più recenti, per dichiarazione e conferma del sistema dell'Autore sulla disposizione dei Conduttori medesimi
Toaldo Giuseppe
presso Gaspare Storti, alla Fortezza, in Venezia, 1778.

Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
1
Subject
Physics, Science (general)
Author/ Illustrator
Giuseppe Toaldo
Book Title
Preservare gli edifizj da' fulmini
Condition
Very good
Publication year oldest item
1778
Edition
Illustrated Edition
Language
Italian
Original language
Yes
Publisher
presso Gaspare Storti, alla Fortezza, in Venezia,
Binding/ Material
Softback
Extras
tipped in plates
Number of pages
120
Dimensions
269×187 mm
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