Tracts ... The Cosmicall Qualities of things.

Boyle (Robert)

Tracts ... The Cosmicall Qualities of things.

Cosmicall Suspitions. The Temperature of the Subterraneall Regions. The Temperature of the Submarine Regions. The Bottom of the Sea. To which is Præfixt, An Introduction to the History of Particular Qualities.

Description: FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, without the blank H8 as usual, last gathering in Subterraneall Regions somewhat soiled and the last 2 leaves with clean tears across the text, the latter laid down, some damp-staining, oddly distributed, pp. [v], 42, [ii], 27, 28, [i, longitudinal title], 43, [iv], 21, [i], 16, [bound with:] Boyle (Robert) Tracts Consisting of Observations About the Saltness of the Sea ... London: Printed by E. Flesher for R. Davis, Bookseller in Oxford, 1674 (1673). FIRST EDITION, bit of marginal worming at the end just touching 3 letters, and some damp-staining at the end, pp. [v], 51, [i], 6, [i], 5, [ii], 11, [ii], 39, [ii], 5, [ii], 11, [i], 27, [ii], 14, 8vo, contemporary panelled calf, rebacked, preserving original spine, sound

Publication Details: Oxford: Printed by W.H. for Ric. Davis, 1670

Notes: The volume is usually known by the title of the first listed tract, the Cosmicall Qualities, but the 'Præfixt' tract is the most important, 'considerably in advance of ... The Sceptical Chymist [and] Formes and Qualities and it may well be looked upon as one of the important milestones in the history of the theories of chemical combination' (Fulton). Elsewhere Boyle is in humourous vein, and he also reports on the invention of a submarine by an unnamed Swede. 'In discussing the submarine regions, Boyle notes that there have been no experiments, and very little written, on the subject. He sta...more

Bibliography: (I. Fulton 83, citing the 1670 title-page as a variant rather than as the first issue, as demonstrated by Madan; Madan 2851; ESTC R29050. II. Fulton 113; Madan 3005, a 'very untidy book'; ESTC R17503)

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Price: £5,000

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1670

Stock Number: 50371

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