BOYLE (ROBERT) New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring of the Air, and its Effects, 3 parts in one vol.

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BOYLE (ROBERT)
New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring of the Air, and its Effects, 3 parts in one vol.

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 5,000 - 7,500
BOYLE (ROBERT)
New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring of the Air, and its Effects, 3 parts in one vol., third edition, 2 engraved plates (one folding, shaved touching a caption), half-title repaired in blank area, tear to one part-title repaired without loss, unobtrusive trace of library stamp in one margin [Wing B4000; Fulton 15], Miles Flesher for Richard Davis, 1682; A Continuation of New Experiments Physico-Mechanical... the I. Part, 8 folding engraved plates [Wing B3934; Fulton 16], Oxford, Henry Hall for Richard Davis, 1669; A Continuation of New Experiments Physico-Mechanical... the Second Part, 5 folding engraved plates (one with light waterstain and offsetting) [Wing B3935; Fulton 18], Miles Flesher for Richard Davis, 1682, 3 works in one vol., a few minor paperflaws, ownership inscription of William Thompson, from the library of Verne Roberts, contemporary panelled calf, rebacked, rubbed, small 4to

Footnotes

  • "Boyle's New Experiments Physico-Mechanical... recounted experiments using a vacuum chamber or 'air pump' which he constructed with the assistance of Hooke. Rejecting the scholastic notion that nature could not tolerate a vacuum, he showed how it was perfectly possible to produce one, and this enabled him to illustrate the characteristics and functions of the air by studying the effects of its withdrawal on flame, light, and living creatures. He also argued that certain characteristics of the air could only be explained in terms of the ingenious hypothesis that it had a certain weight and 'spring'" (ODNB).
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