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BENNET (Rev. Abraham). New Experiments on Electricity, wherein the causes of thunder and lightning as well as the constant state of positive or negative electricity in the air or clouds, are explained; with Experiments on Clouds of Powders and Vapours Artificially Diffused in the Air. Also a Description of a Doubler of Electricity, and of the Most Sensible Electrometer Yet Constructed. With Other New Experiments and Discoveries in the Science. illustrated by explanatory plates. By the Rev. A. Bennet, F. R. S. Curate of Wirksworth, Derbyshire.1789

Derby: Printed by John Drewry, First edition, [iv], [6, list of subscribers], [v]-xvii, 18-141, [1]pp., engraved folding frontispiece (offset onto title page), 3 further folding engraved plates with a very faint stamp which is hardly noticeable, expertly bound in half calf by Trevor Lloyd of Ludlow, marbled boards, spine tooled in gilt, red morocco title label to spine, a very nice copy. Abraham Bennet (bap. 1749, d. 1799), Church of England clergyman and natural philosopher. "In 1789 Bennet was elected a fellow of the [Royal] society. With support from Darwin, Wedgwood, and Priestley [all of whom appear in the list of subscribers] he published at Derby new accounts of what became known as Bennet's electrometer and doubler in New Experiments on Electricity (1789). He endorsed the French theory that atmospheric electricity stemmed from the evaporation of water through solar heat."—(ODNB). Ronalds, p. 50; Wheeler Gift, 552.

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