London, South Kensington
18 November 2003
WILKINS, John (1614-1672). The Mathematical and Philosophical Works. London: J. Nicholson, A. Bell, B. Tooke and R. Smith, -1708. 5 parts in one volume, 8° (191 x 120mm). Engraved portrait frontispiece and engraved additional title to part I. Engraved and woodcut illustrations and diagrams in the text. (Variable light browning and spotting, paper flaw affecting text on E3.) Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, boards tooled in blind, board edges gilt (extremities lightly rubbed and with minor restoration, rebacked, retaining part of original spine). Provenance: contemporary manuscript translation into English of 2-line Latin verse on T4v- -J.W., 4 July 1726 (ownership inscription on front free endpaper)- - A.R. Michaelis (bookplate hinged onto front free endpaper).
FIRST EDITION. The Mathematical and Philosophical Works of Wilkins (the first secretary of the Royal Society) is prefaced by a brief biography and collects his The Discovery of a New World, A Discourse Concerning a New Planet, Mercury, and Mathematical Magick, followed by An Abstract of Dr. Wilkins's Essay Towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language. ESTC T110678.
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