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MARTIN, Benjamin (1704 or 5--1782)
Biographia philosophica. Being an account of the lives, writings, and inventions, of the most eminent philosophers and mathematicians who have flourished from the earliest ages of the world to the present time. By Benjamin Martin.
London: printed and sold by W. Owen, and by the author, 1764.
[4], 565, [9] p., engr. frontis. port. ; 20.8 cm. (8º)

Originally issued in monthly instalments, 1755--1763 as part of The General Magazine of Arts and Sciences, edited by Benjamin Martin. Frontispiece portrait of Sir Isaac Newton. The last page gives 'Directions to the Book-binder' concerning plates, maps etc. referring to the contents of the General Magazine as a set and not to this edition. The work contains entries detailing the lives and works of 157 people, from Thales and Euclid in antiquity to Sir Isaac Newton and Dr Nicholas Saunderson (more than half of them being men of the 17th century) and exhibiting the contemporary reputations of important thinkers such as John Locke alongside accounts of the lesser figures of the period. ESTC t25316.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 3s. 6d., 9 June 1804. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1.4). With Boone's price and code in pencil on the front free-endpaper.

Binding Late C18th/early C19th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled borders and spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 664


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