The Description and Use of Nairne's Patent Electrical Machine with the Addition of Some Philosophical Experiments and Medical Observations

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by Edward Nairne

Nairne's Description of Use
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Title not held by The Wolf Law Library
at the College of William & Mary.
Author Edward Nairne
Published London:
Date 1783
Volumes volume set

London: Printed for Nairne and Blunt ..., 1783.

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Description of Nairne’s electrical machine. 8vo." This was one of the titles kept by Thomas Jefferson and later sold to the Library of Congress in 1815. Both George Wythe's Library[1] on LibraryThing and the Brown Bibliography[2] list the 1783 edition published in London based on the edition Millicent Sowerby included in Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson,[3] but, Jefferson's copy no longer exists. As yet, the Wolf Law Library has been unable to procure a copy of Description and Use of Nairne's Patent Electrical Machine.


  1. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on November 19, 2013.
  2. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  3. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 2nd ed. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983), 1:298 [no.632].