Firenze [Florence]: Per Gaetano Cambiai Stamp. Granducale, 1779. First edition in Italian of Cavallo’s first book. 8vo (9 x 6.25 inches), cheaply cased in contemporary decorated paper boards backed with contrasting block-printed paper and an autograph spine label, xx, 511,  pages, untrimmed. Front hinge separated (sewing support cords are holding); some edge wear and rubbing to the boards; a good, sound copy. Item #19279
From this Italian-born English physicist, the Italian translation of a work first published in London in 1777 as A Complete Treatise of Electricity in Theory and Practice; Cavallo includes suggestions to his translator in his prefatory note, suggesting he was involved in the translation and revision of the work. (This edition also includes a new dedication from the translator to the English Florentine expatriate George Clavering-Cowper dated 26 March 1779.) Includes mention of Franklin (and his lightning rods), accounts of experiments conducted by Cavallo with Leiden jars and other apparatuses, and experiments with medical treatment with electricity. With a folding table of experimental data bound after page 468, and three folding engravings of various pieces of electrical equipment bound in the rear.