[SGUARIO, Eusebio.] ~ Dell’ elettricismo: o sia delle forze elettriche de’ corpi, svelate dalla fisica sperimentale, con un’ ampia dichiarazione della luce ellettrica, sua nature, e maravigliose proprietà; aggiuntevi due dissertazioni attinenti all’ uso medico di tali forze. Venice: Presso Gio. Battista Recurti, 1746.
8vo (194 × 130 mm), pp. xvi, 391, , pagination including engraved frontispiece on verso of first leaf (to face the title), 3 engraved headpieces depicting electrical apparatus. Uncut in contemporary carta rustica, patterned paper spine. Some old dampstaining to upper margins throughout, resulting in some rusting and occasional fragility, with short tears sometimes running into headlines, one gathering slightly loose. A good copy.
First edition of one of the earliest works in Italian on electricity and one of the earliest Italian books on any branch of physics to be written from a Newtonian perspective. Sguario is generally considered the first writer on electricity in Italy: a country which also produced electrical pioneers Aldini, Galvani and Volta.
Wheeler Gift 336; Waller 11434; Blake 429.