BECCARIA Giambattista (1716-1781) - Elettricismo artificiale. Turin: Stamperia Reale, 1772. Firs edition of this important essay on electricity in which the author expands Benjamin Franlin's fluid theory of electricity. The work is based on the first work by the author "elettricismo artificiale e naturale" published for the first time in 1753. 4to (270 x 205mm). 11 folding plates (some browning). Contemporary boards with manuscript title on spine (some worn).