De magnete,

Gilbert (William)

De magnete,

magneticisque corporibus, et de magno magnete tellure; Physiologia nova, plurimis & argumentis, & experimentis demonstrate

Description: woodcut printer's device (McKerrow 119) on title, large woodcut arms of Gilbert on title verso, one woodcut folding plate, 88 woodcut illustrations and diagrams in text (4 full-page), ornamental woodcut headpieces and initials, some variable foxing and browning throughout, but overall a good copy, pp. [xvi], 240, folio, recased in contemporary ?Italian limp vellum, later manuscript title and date on spine, holes for ties on all 3 sides, contemporary ownership inscription 'Lucae de Albizi' (athwart the printer's device), another inscription (below the device) mostly erased (leaving a tiny hole), contemporary underlinings, and a few corrections to the text (not the errata), preserved in a cloth folding box

Publication Details: Peter Short, 1600

Notes: 'The first major English scientific treatise based on experimental methods of research. Gilbert was chiefly concerned with magnetism; but as a digression he discusses in his second book the attractive effect of amber (electrum), and thus may be regarded as the founder of electrical science. He coined the terms electricity, electric force, and electric attraction. His versorium, a short needle balanced on a sharp point to enable it to move freely, is the first instrument designed for the study of electrical phenomena, serving both as an electroscope and electrometer. He contended that the earth...more

Bibliography: (Dibner Heralds of Science 54; Grolier/Horblit 41; Heilbron, Electricity in the 17th and 18th Centuries, pp. 169-179; Norman 905; PMM 107; STC 11883; Wellcome 2830)

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Price: £35,000

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1600

Stock Number: 64286

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