GILBERT (WILLIAM) De magnete, magneticisque corporibus, et de mango magnete tellure; Physiologia nova, plurimis & argumentis, & experimentis demonstrata, FIRST EDITION, Peter Short, 1600
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GILBERT (WILLIAM)
De magnete, magneticisque corporibus, et de mango magnete tellure; Physiologia nova, plurimis & argumentis, & experimentis demonstrata, FIRST EDITION, Peter Short, 1600
£15,000 - 20,000
US$ 20,000 - 27,000

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GILBERT (WILLIAM)
De magnete, magneticisque corporibus, et de mango magnete tellure; Physiologia nova, plurimis & argumentis, & experimentis demonstrata, FIRST EDITION, woodcut printer's device on title, large woodcut arms of Gilbert on title verso, one folding woodcut plate (short tear closed), 88 woodcut illustrations and diagrams in text (4 full-page), ornamental woodcut headpieces and initials, light toning to some leaves, early blindstamped calf over wooden boards, rebacked, later metal cornerpieces and clasps (one catch missing), rubbed [ESTC S121112; Dibner 54; Norman 905; PMM 107; Wellcome 2830], folio (290 x 185mm.), Peter Short, 1600

Footnotes

  • THE FIRST EDITION OF "THE FIRST MAJOR ENGLISH SCIENTIFIC TREATISE... [Gilbert] may be regarded as the founder of electrical science. He coined the terms 'electricity', 'electric force' and 'electric attraction'" (PMM). De magnete influenced Bacon, Digby, Boyle, Kepler, Huygens, Newton, and "in particular, Galileo, who [in his Dialogo] used his theories to support his own proof of correctness of the findings of Copernicus in cosmology" (PMM). The impact of Gilbert's magnetic experiments, hypotheses, and navigational applications have allowed him to remain "a heroic figure through many changes of fashion in the history and philosophy of science" (ODNB).

    Provenance: Leiden, Royal Academy, small "Acad. Lug." blindstamp on covers, ink stamp on upper and lower edges, and stamp on title; Samuel Verplanck Hoffman (1866-1942, president of the New York Historical Society), bookplate.
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