A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism. JAMES CLERK MAXWELL.
A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism
A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism
A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism
A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism

A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism

“Maxwell was the greatest theoretical physicist of the nineteenth century... Einstein’s work on relativity was founded directly upon Maxwell’s electromagnetic theory; it was this that led him to equate Faraday with Galileo and Maxwell with Newton.” -Printing and the Mind of Man, 355

"Maxwell is regarded by most modern physicists as the scientist of the 19th century who had the greatest influence on 20th-century physics, and he is ranked with Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein for the fundamental nature of his contributions. In 1931, on the 100th anniversary of Maxwell's birth, Einstein described the change in the conception of reality in physics that resulted from Maxwell's work as 'the most profound and the most fruitful that physics has experienced since the time of Newton.'" -Britannica


Maxwell's "Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism is probably, after Newton's Principia, the most renowned book in the history of physics. It was published in 1873 and has been in continuous use ever since. In 1000 pages of crisply written text and mathematics it encompasses virtually everything that was known about electricity and magnetism. It has inspired most of the work done in the subject ever since" (Basil Mahon, The Man Who Changed Everything: The Life of James Clerk Maxwell).

In 1873, Maxwell published a "difficult two-volume Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism that was destined to change the orthodox picture of physical reality. The treatise did for electromagnetism what Newton's Principia had done for classical mechanics. It not only provided the mathematical tools for the investigation and representation of the whole of electromagnetic theory, but it altered the very framework of both theoretical and experimental physics" (Bruce J. Hunt, The Maxwellians).

Grolier/Horblit 72; Norman 1666 (second issue); PMM 355.

Second issue: With undated 15-page catalog without "just published" after Maxwell listing; otherwise identical to first issue (with "just published" in ads). Complete with 20 plates. With errata page in Vol. I.

Provenance: With ownership signature of W.B. Ransom on half-titles. Dr. William Bramwell Ransom (1861-1909) was a noted English physician with numerous scientific publications to his name.

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1873. Octavo, original publisher's blind-stamped plum cloth. Two volumes. Uniform fading to spines. Volume 1 with fading along top edge of rear board. Text and plates exceptionally clean. A very good copy in original cloth of one of the great classics in the history of science. RARE.

Price: $17,500 .

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