10 December 1999
HOOKE, Robert, editor (1635-1702). Philosophical Collections. Numbers 1-7 [all published]. London: for John Martyn [no. 1], Moses Pitt [no. 2], Richard Chiswell [nos. 3-7], 1679-1682.
7 parts in one volume, 4o (210 x 159 mm). 6 engraved folding plates (one plate with a small hole, another repaired along fold with slight loss) and one full-page engraving on Z2r (part 5). (Some very minor marginal dampstaining, a few page numbers shaved along upper margins.) Modern morocco. Provenance: some notations on a blank verso and a margin in an early hand.
RARE COMPLETE SET OF ISSUES. Following the death of Henry Oldenburg in 1677, regular publication of the Philosophical Transactions was interrupted. Hooke was authorized by the Council of the Royal Society to publish the Philosophical Collections during this period prior to its resumption in January 1682/3. "Philosophical collections must have circulated in much smaller numbers [than the Phil. trans.], complete sets of the seven numbers being now very uncommon, and it is probable that Hooke received little return for his trouble" (Keynes, p. 48). The third number contains two papers by Hooke, one an optical discourse for the short-sighted, and the other a mechanical discourse in which he describes the "best form of Horizontal Sayls for a Mill." The sixth number contains William Briggs' "Nova visionis theoria," a treatise on the physiology of vision which prompted Newton to reprint it with his own introduction in 1685. Garrison-Morton-Norman 1481.3 (Briggs); Keynes Hooke 24; Norman 1100.
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