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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.

Derby: John Drewry, 1789.

Price: $2,000.00

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Folding frontispece and 3 other folding plates. xvii, [18]-141pp. With a list of subscribers inserted between sigg.A2 and 3. 8vo. IN ORIGINAL BOARDS ON ATOMOSPHERIC ELECTRICTY. Original paper over boards, uncut, one inch piece of spine missing, else beautiful. Ownership signature of John H. Cafner on title-page. ESTC T67086.

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Bennet was a clergyman who was also a physicist. He invented the gold-leaf electroscope and an improved magnetometer. Alesandra Volta regarded the theory of electricity that Bennet put forth in this book as a key influence in leading to the development of his own theories.