17 June 2008
[PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS]. Giving some Accompt of the Present Undertakings, Studies, and Labours of the Ingenious in many considerable Parts of the World. Vol I. for Anno 1665, and 1666. London: T.N. for John Martyn and James Allestry, .
4o (218 x 162 mm). 6 engraved folding plates, one folding table (plate opposite p. 384 torn in the gutter just affecting the platemark). (Title-page torn with minor loss, just touching the letterpress, along the top edge, small rust hole 2A3, some occasionally heavy spotting, a few pale marginal stains affecting the text.). Contemporary speckled calf (rebacked preserving the original spine, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Sir Godfrey Copley Bar (bookplate); Kenneth Garth Huston (bookplate).
"IF ALL THE BOOKS IN THE WORLD EXCEPT THE PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS WERE DESTROYED, IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT THE FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE WOULD REMAIN UNSHAKEN" (Huxley)
FIRST EDITION, FIRST APPEARANCE of the oldest continuous journal of an academy of science. It would be impossible to overestimate the historical importance of the Philosophical Transactions, which was first published and financed by Henry Oldenburg from March 1664-65 for the new Royal Society and, following his death, published by the Society itself. Nearly every contemporary British scientist and numerous foreign scientists contributed extensively to the Transactions in its first hundred years. Grolier/Horblit 95b; T.H. Huxley on Improving Natural Knowledge, 1920 p. 21; Norman 1694; PMM 148.
[PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS]. Giving some Accompt of the Present Undertakings, Studies, and Labours of the Ingenious in many considerable Parts of the World. Vol. II. For Anno 1667. Numbers 23-32. London: T.N. for John Martyn, . 3 folding engraved plates (that opposite p. 473 torn in the gutter just affecting the platemark).
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