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Originally published in the middle of the nineteenth century under the title Electrical Experiments, this book describes practically all basic electrostatic experiments, demonstrations, devices, and apparatus performed and invented since the time when the first electrostatic effects were noticed in antiquity up to about 1850. The book is unique in its comprehensiveness and provides the essential details for replicating over 400 electrostatic experiments and for reconstructing numerous electrostatic devices.Unfortunately, as is frequently the case with older books, the original editions of Franciss Electrical Experiments belong to the category of rare books hardly accessible now even to research scientists, to say nothing of students, teachers, engineers, amateur scientists, inventors, patent lawyers, and anyone else who may be interested in electrical science and in electrostatics in particular. And yet, the utility of Franciss book to a wide circle of readers is even greater now than when the book was first written because electrostatics has now become a very practical science with many useful applications, and therefore for many persons a familiarity with its basic principles and techniques is now truly important.The purpose of the present edition of Franciss remarkable work is to make it readily available, easily noticeable, and appealing to as wide a circle of present-day readers interested in electrostatics as possible.To achieve the second of these three goals, the title of the book has been changed from Electrical Experiments to Electrostatic Experiments. The word electrical in the original title, perfectly appropriate in the middle of the nineteenth century when the book was first published, is misleading to present-day readers: the book deals exclusively with electrostatics, whereas electrical is now mostly understood as something relating to the electric current. Furthermore, the word encyclopedia has been incorporated in the subtitle of the book. The scope of the book is truly encyclopedic, and to call it encyclopedia is perfectly justified.To achieve the last of the above-mentioned goals, the book is printed in an entirely new format. Originally the book was printed in a very small typeface, was difficult to read, and its typographic quality was very poor. The illustrations (wood engravings) were very small. The present format is designed for easy readability and pleasing visual appearance. The book is now printed in 11 points Century Schoolbook typeface one of the most readable typefaces in existence. All 148 wood engravings originally contained in the book are enlarged. Both the paperback edition and the hardcover edition are printed on high quality paper. For better durability and ease of use the signatures are sawn together. The hardcover edition is bound in Skyvertex® -- a synthetic leather-like material.Some words and terms used in the book have now either disappeared from the English language or have acquired a different meaning. Therefore the book has been now supplemented by a glossary explaining the most obscure or ambiguous words appearing in the book. Furthermore, taking into account that the most convenient presently-known generator of static electricity for performing electrostatic experiments is the Wimshursts influence machine, invented some thirty years after the publication of Franciss book, the book has been supplemented by a description of this machine. Finally, the book has been supplemented by some literature references.