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22 April 2010
Scientific Literature & Instruments
BOYLE, Robert (1627-1691). An Essay of the Great Effects of Even Languid and Unheeded Motion. Whereto is Annexed an Experimental Discourse of some Little Observed Causes of the Insalubrity and Salubrity of the Air and its Effects. London: Sam. Smith, 1690. 2 parts in one volume, 8° (173 x 108 mm). Without blanks I7 and I8 in first part, and final blank of second part. (Occasional light spotting and browning.) Recent calf (extremities very lightly rubbed). Provenance: Mechanics Institute (19th-century ink stamps).
Reissue of the 1685 expanded edition with cancel title and cancel sub-title. The current work 'gives Boyle a place in the early history of thermodynamic concepts, and is among the most important of his later writings' (Fulton p.107.) The second part contains Boyle's observations on the causes of the plague. Fulton Boyle 165; NLM/Krivatsy 1716; Wing B-3950.
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