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MARTIN, Benjamin (1704 or 5--1782)
The philosophical grammar; being a view of the present state of experimented physiology or natural philosophy. In four parts. Part I. Somatology, treateth of the universal nature and properties of matter, or substance, and the specifick qualities of natural bodies. Part II. Cosmology, exhibiteth a general view of the universe, and its great constituent parts; ... Part III. Aerology, compriseth the philosophy of the atmosphere, shewing the wonderful nature and properties of the air, wind, meteors, and other phænomena therein. Part IV. Geology, containeth a philosophical view of the terraqueous globe, in all its parts and productions; ... The second edition, with alterations, corrections, and very large additions by way of notes. By Benj. Martin, ...
London: printed for John Noon, 1738.
vii, [1], 160, 163--178, 177--362, [6] p., XXVI, [1] fold. pl. ; 20.5 cm. (8º)

This was Martin's first book which proved to be by far the most successful of his eighty-odd publications. It went through eight English editions, several editions in French, Italian and Dutch, and was also translated into Russian and Greek. The book was intended to provide young students with a readable, but authoritative, survey of the whole field of natural philosophy in a single volume. Newton's and Halley's theories are discussed and the final section includes details of the anatomy of animals. Publisher's advertisement at foot of preface (p. iv) and on p. [viii]. Pages 177--178 are repeated in pagination and pp. 161--162 omitted. The additional unnumbered plate between plates XIII and XIV forms pp. [161--162] of the pagination. With three final leaves containing the index. Errata at end of the index. ESTC t25348.

Copy Notes With an eight-page publisher's catalogue (q.v.) bound at the end as issued, suggested date from ESTC c. 1745. Inscribed in ink on title-page J. Soane, 1770, the final 'e' added after 1783.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled borders and spine, brown morocco spine-label.

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