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HOOKE, Robert (1635--1703)
The posthumous works of Robert Hooke, M.D. S.R.S. Geom. Prof. Gresh. &c. containing his Cutlerian lectures, and other discourses, read at the meetings of the illustrious Royal Society. In which I. The present deficiency of natural philosophy is discoursed of, with the methods of rendering it more certain and beneficial. II. The nature, motion and effects of light are treated of, particularly that of the sun and comets. III. An hypothetical explication of memory; how the organs made use of by the mind in its operation may be mechanically understood. IV. An hypothesis and explication of the cause of gravity, or gravitation, magnetism, &c. V. Discourses of earthquakes, their causes and effects, and histories of several; to which are annext, physical explications of several of the fables in Ovid's Metamorphoses, very different from other mythologick interprets. VI. Lectures for improving the navigation and astronomy, with the descriptions of several new and useful instruments and contrivances; the whole full of curious disquisitions and experiments. Illustrated with sculptures. to these discourses is prefixt the author's life, giving an account of his studies and employments, with an enumeration of the many experiments, instruments, contrivances and inventions, by him made and produc'd as Curator of Experiments to the Royal Society. Publish'd by Richard Waller ...
London: printed by Sam. Smith and Benj. Walford, (printers to the Royal Society), 1705.
[8], xxviii, 209 [i.e. 210], [2], 279--572, [12] p., [16] pl. (5 fold.) ; 31.7 cm. (2º)

Page 209 is misnumbered 201, and p. 210 is misnumbered 209. The pagination jumps from 209 [i.e. 210] to 279 and the register from 3H1 to 4A1 with the following note at the foot of the page: ' ... That Two Presses being employed in Printing these Tracts, has caused a Chasme in the Pages'. The text is continuous. Likewise, the plates are numbered 'Plate the first' to '... Third' before the 'chasme' and again I to XIII afterwards. Pages 149 and 380 are misnumbered 194 and 379. The dedication is to Sir Isaac Newton. Includes a final page of advertisements for 'Books Printed by Sam. Smith and Benj. Walford (Printers to the Royal Society) ...'. Robert Hooke's most celebrated work was the Micrographia, 1665, containing the earliest published illustrations of objects viewed through a microscope. As the Royal Society's first curator of experiments he made an important contribution to the empirical approach to natural philosophy and scientific research. ESTC t71737.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Bought from Thomas Boone on 13 May 1807 for 7s. (Spiers Box). With Boone's price Plates =s7= and codes in pencil on the front free-endpaper. Small cypher in ink on the half-title. In this copy the final plates VIII to XIII are bound after the final leaf of advertisements.
Copy 2: Bought from Thomas Boone on 24 November 1808 for 7s. 6d. (Spiers Box). With Boone's price and codes in pencil on first free-endpaper with his Cutlerian Lectures / & Life / plates -s7-6d; also earlier codes in ink on front and rear endpapers. Former ownership inscription excised from top corner of second free-endpaper. In this copy plates VIII--XIII are bound following the text and before the index.

Binding Copy 1: C18th blind-panelled calf, beaded panels, the inner and outer compartments stained, rebacked in later calf, gilt thick-ruled spine with gilt-tooled star ornament, red morocco spine-label
Copy 2: C18th blind-panelled calf, beaded panels, sprinkled boards, blind double-ruled spine, without spine-label or lettering.

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