Magneticall Aduertisements:

[Barlow (William)]

Magneticall Aduertisements:

or divers pertinent obseruations, and approued experiments concerning the nature and properties of the Load-stone ... most needfull for practise, of trauelling, or framing of Instruments fit for Trauellers both by Sea and Land.

Description: FIRST EDITION, printer's woodcut device on title (McKerrow 380), woodcut diagrams and illustrations in the text, 2 full-page, title soiled and with a very small hole and a small fragment missing from the top outer corner, pen trials and small ink stain, early repair in the margin of B3 and D2, occasional damp-staining and soiling, pp. [xvi], 86, [2, letter from William Gilbert to the author], [1, Errata], 4to, 19th-century calf, sides panelled in gilt, rebacked, extremities rubbed, corners lightly scuffed, contemporary inscription with flourish on verso of title 'Mr. Marshall his book', initial P added before signature letter B (= Philip Bliss, 1787-1857), blind stamp of the Royal Institution on the title, and their stamp in gilt on the upper cover

Publication Details: Edward Griffin for Timothy Barlow, 1616

Notes: Rare, containing Barlow's fundamental discovery, the directional properties of the compass-needle. In this book the English word magnetism (and also magneticall) is used for the first time (OED). The only other complete copy sold at auction since the Honeyman sale in 1978 was the Horblit-Streeter copy (sold Christie's New York, 16 April 2007, $36,000 – "one diagram and some headlines cropped"). This is a large copy with no cropping. Barlow 'designed navigating instruments, polar charts, and compasses. He explained the difference between iron and steel needles; improved the needle's shape; ma...more

Bibliography: (ESTC S104534; Taylor, Mathematical Practitioners 129; Wheeler Gift 89)

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Price: £27,500

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1616

Stock Number: 60306

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