JF Ptak Science Books
The Quarterly Journal of Science, Literature, and Art [of the Royal Society of Great Britain, serving the Society's members for the most part, and the precursor to the publication of the Journal of the Royal Society beginning in 1830 and then Proceedings of the Royal Society.] London, printed by Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, volume July-October 1827; 8.5x5”, (viii), 508 pp, Half-calf, marbled boards. There is a fair amount of scuffing to the spine along with a vertical break in it from head to toe, though the spine giltstamps are largely legible. That said, the text is crisp and bright. This is an ex-libris copy from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, with their motto gilt-stamped on the spine, and a small rubber stamped "Royal Society" on the title page (those being the only previous owner indication). A GOOD copy. $150
Michael Faraday, "Experiments on the Nature of Labarraques' Disinfecting Soda Liquid", pp 84-92;
(Michael Faraday), Book review, "Chemical Manipulation, being instructions to students in Chemistry, on the Methods of performing experiments of Demonstration, or of Research, with accuracy and success", pp 275-283;
"Experiments in Thought, by a Correspondent", trying to figure out the (limitation of) speed of thought, corresponding the speed of sensation, "memory and muscular action", referring Erasmus Darwin in a similar mode of research, pp 308-310;
J.J. Fresnel, another in the series "On the Undulatory Theory of Light" pp 113-135 and pp 431-448;
Simeon-Denis Poisson, "Remarks on the Actions of Corpuscular Forces", pp 448-450
(Simeon-Denis Poisson) "Considerations relative to Capillary Action", an abstract on the original article in French, pp 194-197 (in 1831 he would publish his important work in this field in Nouvelle Théorié de l'Action Caillarre);
(Justus Liebig), ""On the Bitter Substance produced by Nitric Acid on Indigo, Silk, and Aloes" (being an abstract from the Annales de Chemie vol 35), pp 210-214;
R.R. Reinagle, "On the Beauties contained in the Oval, and in the Elliptic curves, both simple and combined, generated from the same figure or disk", (illustrated with several woodcuts in text), pp 1-15. Ramsay Richard Reinagle seems to be saying that the most pleasing, the most beautiful, lines develop in the circle and the oval in developing what may be "laws of beauty in lines".
Andrew Pritchard, "On the art of forming Diamonds into single Lenses for Microscopes", pp 15-21;
Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875, whose extraordinary work in many different fields grows on me all of the time), "Experiments on Audition",
Also there is a run of four abstracts on various narcotic bits, ("Extraction of Morphia from Dry Poppy Heads", "Preparation of Morphia", "Denarcoticized Laudanum", "Test of the presence of Opium") on pp 214-216.
Also: an interesting we-were-once-there article on curing stoops in people via lead weights and such, pp 237-248;
Lastly there is a fascinating notices in the "Miscellaneous Intelligence" section called "Recovery from Drowning" (which I wrote about on my blog) where a drowned man is recovered alive but unresponsive, and after the usual treatment he is administered three bloodlettings, suffers through an entire night, and responds and recovers the next morning. The takeaway from the attending is very insightful.