London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
HOOKE, Robert (1635-1702). Philosophical Experiments and Observations, edited by W. Derham. London: W. & J. Innys, 1726. 8° (193 x 112mm). 4 engraved plates, 2 folding, manuscript plate bound in between pp.46 and 47, woodcut illustrations in the text, 8 pages of bookseller's catalogue at end (a little light discolouration, bookseller's catalogue browned). Contemporary calf gilt (rebacked, sides rubbed, corners worn). Provenance: a few contemporary marginalia.
FIRST EDITION of some of Hooke's papers on, inter alia, telescopes, barometers, windmills, distant messaging, portable camera obscura, light and amber, given to Derham by the widow of Richard Waller who had published Hooke's Posthumous Works in 1705. Waller 'found them to be in great confusion and many imperfect. He accordingly gives Hooke's papers ("most of them seem to have been intended by the Doctor, for half an Hour's Amusement to a Small Auditory, rather than for the Press") as far as possible in chronological order, interspersed with papers by others', Keynes 36; Gedeon p.204 & 510; Norman 1102; Wheeler Gift 262.
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