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WILKINS, John (1614--1672)
[Mathematicall magick. 1648]
Mathematicall magick· or, the vvonders that may be performed by mechanicall geometry. In two books. Concerning mechanical povvers. Motions. Being one of the most easie, pleasant, usefull, (and yet most neglected) part of mathematicks. Not before treated of in this language. By I.W. M.A.
London: printed by M[iles]. F[isher]. for Sa: Gelliband, 1648.
[16], 295, [1] p. : [42] illus. (wdcut, engr.) ; 16.8 cm. (8º)

'I.W.' = John Wilkins. The words 'Povvers. Motions'. are bracketed together on title-page; another edition, dated the same year (ESTC r227427) has 'Wonders', 'Powers', and 'by J.W. M.A.' on title-page. The printer 'M.F.' is identified in Wing as Miles Flesher. The first leaf is blank. Wilkins, a theologian and natural philosopher, was concerned to popularize the science of mechanics; even more than the same author's A discovery of a new world (q.v.), Mathematical Magick was a work of popular science intended not to defend the validity of a relatively new scientific theory but to familiarize the average man with the basic and long-accepted principles of mechanics. Includes 34 woodcut and eight engraved illustrations (four full-page, one coloured), of mechanical principles and devices. . Book-Lore for 1887, volume 6, pp. ; Roberts & Trent, p. 354; Wing W2198; ESTC r6164; Taylor 181; Osler 4239; Thomason E.1095[1].

Copy Notes Without the initial blank leaf. Inscribed in ink at the foot of the title 124; MS. annotation (illegible) in the margin on p. 1. Final free-endpaper inscribed in ink The Revd: [N?]elson.

Binding C17th calf, blind double-ruled boards and spine, paper spine-label with MS. title in ink 'Wilkins. Magic. 1648'. 'N' stamped blind on upper cover; both covers with circle scratched by compass.

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