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MARTIN, Benjamin (1704 or 5--1782)
Philosophia Britannica: or, a new and comprehensive system of the Newtonian philosophy, astronomy, and geography, in a course of twelve lectures, with notes; containing the physical, mechanical, geometrical, and experimental proofs and illustrations of all the principal propositions in every branch of natural science: also, a particular account of the invention, structure, improvement and uses of all the considerable instruments, engines, and machines; ... The whole collected and methodized from all the principal authors, ... and embellished with eighty-one copper-plates. By B. Martin. The fourth edition. In three volumes. Volume I. (--III.)
London: printed for John, Francis, Charles Rivington; and Thomas Carnan; and Andrew Strahan, 1788.
3 vols ; 20.4 cm. (8º)
I: [32], 333, [3] p., XVII fold. pl.
II: [16], 390, [2] p., 18--XLII [i.e. 25] fold. pl. (map, tables)
III: [12], 405, [39] p., XLIII--LXXII [i.e. 30] fold. pl. (maps, tables)

Originally published in 1747. Martin was a scientific popularizer and instrument maker, a number of whose works are in Soane's library. The final three pages in vol. I and the final two in vol. II advertise books printed for T. Carnan. ESTC n12259.

Copy Notes Bought from J. Wingrave for 9s., 15 September 1804. (Spiers Box. Miscellaneous Booksellers; and 31 August 1804, Archives 7/3/56). An earlier purchase for 14s. 9d. from Lackington's on 18 November 1794 is recorded in Jnl 2, p. 360.

Binding C18th marbled calf, gilt roll-tooled borders, gilt-tooled spines, black morocco spine-labels. Bound by J. Wingrave for 9s., 31 August 1804. (Archive 7/3/56; entry in Spiers Box. Misc. Booksellers dated 15 September 1804).

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