image buckley a b_a short history_1888_front cover
Image number: RS.11823
Credit: ©The Royal Society

The Philadelphia experiment



Creator - Organisation

Edward Stanford, Publisher



height (object): 189mm
width (object): 122mm



Decorative book design featuring a fanciful reaction of the Philadelphia experiment. Benjamin Franklin and his son William draw down lightning using a kite and key: the elder Franklin places his hand near the key to feel the effects of static electricity.

Front cover of the book A short history of natural science by Arabella B. Buckley 4th edition (Edward Stanford, London, 1888).

The cover decoration illustrates the experiment discussed in chapter 29 of Arabella Buckley’s popular science book.

Arabella Burton Buckley [married name Fisher] (1840-1929) British populariser of science, acted as secretary to Sir Charles Lyell FRS until his death in 1879.

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