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WILKINS, John (1614--1672)
[Works. 1708]
The mathematical and philosophical works of the Right Reverend John Wilkins, late Lord Bishop of Chester. Containing: I. The discovery of a new world, or, a discourse tending to prove, that 'tis probable there may be another habitable world in the moon. With a discourse concerning the possibility of a passage thither. II. That 'tis probable our earth is one of the planets. III. Mercury: or, the secret and swift messenger. Shewing how a man may with privacy and speed communicate his thoughts to a friend at any distance. IV. Mathematical Magick: or the wonders that may be perform'd by mechanical geometry. V. An abstract of his essay towards a real character, and a philosophical language. To which is prefix'd the author's life, and an account of his works.
London: printed for J. Nicholson; A. Bell; B. Tooke; and R. Smith, 1708.
viii, [6], 274; [10], 90, [8], 184 p., engr. port., add. engr. t.-pl. : illus. (wdcut, engr.) ; 19.5 cm. (8º)

Parts I--IV have each a special title-page dated 1707; parts I--II (first published 1638--40): '5th Impression; Corrected and Enlarged', with continuous pagination and register; part III (first published 1641): 'Third Edition', with separate pagination and register; part IV (first published 1648): 'Fifth Edition', register continuous with part III and separate pagination, continuous with that of part V (originally printed by order of the Royal Society, 1668), which has a drop-head title. The first two parts have an additional engraved general title-page reading 'A Discourse concerning A New World & Another Planet In 2 Books London ... 1708 The 5 Edition'. The 'Life' includes a 'Catalogue of his Works', pp. vii--viii. ESTC t110678.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 5s., 4 February 1807. (Spiers Box). Former owner's library shelf mark inside cover: P8.

Binding C18th Cambridge-style blind-panelled calf, blind double-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 558


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