17 June 2008
FAHRENHEIT, Daniel Gabriel (1686-1736). Experimenta circa gradum caloris. In: Philosophical Tansactions. Vol. XXXIII, no. 381, pp. 1-3. [London: Printed for W. and J. Innys, 1724].
4o (215 x 167 mm). Folding engraved plate. (Some pale foxing.) Disbound; quarter morocco folding case.
FIRST APPEARANCE OF FAHRENHEIT'S INVENTION OF THE FAHRENHEIT THERMOMETER. "With his 'Experiments concerning the Degrees of Heat,' Fahrenheit perfected the modern instrument, his principal innovation being a 'fixed point' of departure, namely the temperature to which water can be cooled when mixed with ice and salt. This he called zero. At the ends of his scale were normal human blood-heat--which he took at 96o--and the normal freezing point of water, 32o. When this scale was later extended upwards, the boiling point of water fell at 212o. He may have been the first to use mercury as a thermometric fluid" (PMM). This extract also includes Robert Houstoun's "An Account of a Dropsy in the Left Ovary of a Woman" (pp.8-15), the first treatment of ovarian dropsy by tapping the cyst (Garrison-Morton 6017). PMM 182.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
The Plantin Polyglot bible — offered in London on 11 July — makes an emotional homecoming to the Antwerp printing press where it was produced some 450 years ago
As Christie’s offers 178 works from his personal collection, the illustrator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory offers us a glimpse of his creative process
Mark Wiltshire, Associate Specialist in Science & Books, walks us through the history of Christianity’s most influential printed text
From San Diego to Cleveland, 10 superb exhibitions with which to get your cultural fix this summer
The stories behind the names given to a selection of iconic Rolex wristwatches