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EARLY HISTORY OF ELECTRICITY "Premier mémoire sur l'électricité, Histoire de l'électricité" and "Second mémoire sur l'électricité, Quels sont les Corps qui sont susceptibles d'Electricité" and Troisième mémoire sur l'électricité, Des Corps qui sont le plus vivement attirés par les matiéres électriques…" and Quatrieme Quatrième mémoire sur l'électricité, De l'Attraction & Répulsion des Corps Electriques" (Mémoires de l'Académie Royale des sciences Année 1733 Part I pp. 31-49 and 100-117 and Part II pp. 327-356; and 617-643, 1737) — 2 Volumes

Cisternay du Fay, Charles François de Amsterdam, Netherlands: Pierre Mortier, 1737. As. Full Leather. Very Good. Milestone papers in the history of electricity. Through his four papers contained within Dufay explains his discovery of two kinds of electricity and the relation between them, attraction and repulsion, shocks and sparking, and the full recognition of electrostatic repulsion. Dufay formulates the two-fluid theory of electricity. He further showed that "not all bodies can become electrified themselves" (by friction) and went on to show, "that they can all acquire a considerable (electrical) virtue when the tube (of rubbed) glass), wood, metals or liquids are brought near them,", provided only that they are insulated by being stood on "a support of glass or of sealing-wax" Vol. I: [12], 136, [1]-323; Vol. II: [327]-696, [1]-124 pp. 16mo. Contemporary brown leather bindings with gold embossed decoration to spine, five raised bands, dark brown title patches with gold embossed titling. Wear and rubbing but quite supple for their age.
Andrew Wyeth: The Helga Pictures (Inscribed by Helga)

Andrew Wyeth: The Helga Pictures (Inscribed by Helga)

Wyeth, Andrew; Testorf, Helga (Subject); Brown, J. Carter (Foreword); Andrews, Leonard E. B.; Wilmerding, John; New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 1987. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. When the series of over 240 paintings and drawings of Helga Testorf by the American master, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) came to the light the art world sprang back in surprise. It was also believed that Wyeth's closest confidant, his wife, Betsy James Wyeth, was unaware of the artist-model relationship and the work he produced between 1971 and 1985. The works were considered controversial and toured to six venues between 1987 and 1989 to great popular acclaim, this being the catalog for that traveling exhibition. Helga Testorf, a native of Germany, first worked for Wyeth's friends, the Kuerners, as a caregiver and likely first met Andrew in that environment as he painted the Kuerners and their farm on a regular basis. In later years Helga also worked as a caregiver for Andrew as he aged and traveled with the family from their home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, to midcoast Maine where the family has summered for generations. It was in Camden, Maine, that Helga Testorf inscribed this copy to the owner of ABCD Books and her store manager on July 9, 1999. We purchased the entire store inventory in 2009 and recently discovered the volume in a box of art books. We have never seen a copy signed by Helga, even rarer than those signed by Andrew or Betsy Wyeth. 208 pp. 4to. Minor scuffing to dust jacket from shelf wear, now in mylar cover.Red Cloth boards with gold embossed titling to cover board and spine. Clean and crisp within with small stain at head of text block near the foredge.