London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
BOYLE, Robert (1627-1691). New Experiments Physico-Mechanical touching the Spring of the Air, and its Effects, (Made for the Most Part, in a New Pneumatical Engine). Oxford: H. Hall for T. Robinson, 1662. 3 parts in one volume, 4° (196 x 146mm). 2 engraved plates, one folding, half-title, with qq4 blank (but lacks the final blank, lower and fore-margins dampstained throughout, but treated). Modern old-style panelled calf.
Second edition of the New Experiments, but the FIRST EDITION OF BOYLE'S LAW. 'He undertook a complete, well thought out and conclusive series of experiments on the physical nature of air. He was the first to demonstrate experimentally the truth of the belief, held since the time of Aristotle, that sound is conveyed by air and is not transmitted in a vacuum ... He demonstrated the weight of the air, its surprising elasticity, and its necessity for respiration and combustion', PMM 143; Norman 300; Wing B3999; Fulton 14; Gedeon p. 60.
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