A Description of an Air-Pump of a New Construction, with an Account of Its Performance, and of Some Experiments and Observations Tending to Ascertain the Circumstances on Which the Perfection of That Machine Depends, and to Render Its Theory More Compleat

James Little
1797 Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy  
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