Publisher Information: Bologna: 1825.
Aldini, Giovanni (1762-1834). Letter signed with autograph postscript to Cardinal Zurla. 2pp. plus integral blank. Bologna, 28 [probably September] 1825. 297 x 210 mm. Slightly worn in the center crease, but fine. From the Thomas Philipps collection.
Aldini, the nephew of Galvani, was the premier apologist for his uncle's theories of animal electricity, publishing several papers (see Garrison-Morton 1989.1) as well as his Account of the Late Improvements in Galvanism (1803), a book-length treatise on the subject. In the present letter he praises Cardinal Zurla for the Cardinal's understanding support of his [Aldini's] scientific enterprises. Apart from his promotion of animal electricity, Aldini helped to found the National Institute of Italy, established a practical school of physics and chemistry at Bologna, and pursued a career as an inventor. In his letter to the Cardinal he presents copies of two of his latest publications-on a machine for cutting marble, and on lighthouse construction-and expresses his intention to interest the Pope in his work by presenting him with drawings and models.Book Id: 6782