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'Experimental Committee of the Askesian Society ...'. Minutes of experiments and demonstrations performed at meetings of the Society, especially concerning galvanism and other aspects of physics and chemistry. Dates covered: 1801-1803 and 1806-1808.



Physical description

1 volume 1 volume: 228 × 122 mm., i, 67 ff. (33-67 blank) interleaved with blotting paper, the latter watermarked 1796. Original leather binding. Panel blind-stamped on the front cover, apparently with the words 'T Bowden. Reportation'.


Acquisition note

Purchased from Michael Phelps, 1990.

Biographical note

The Askesian Society was founded in London in 1796 as a scientific forum for natural and experimental philosophy and it continued in being until 1808. Its members were predominantly members of the medical profession and Quakers, including William Allen, Richard Phillips and Luke Howard. In 1806 the British Mineralogical Society was incorporated with it. Cf. Ian Inkster, 'Science and society in the metropolis ... the Askesian Society, 1796-1807', Annals of Science 1977, 34: 1-32; and Paul Weindling, 'The British Mineralogical Society ...', in Ian Inkster and Jack Morrell, Metropolis and province (London, 1983), pp. 120-150.

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine, 1999).


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  • acc. 348394