A Continuation of New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring and Weight of the Air, and their effects. The I. Part. Robert BOYLE.
A Continuation of New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring and Weight of the Air, and their effects. The I. Part.
A Continuation of New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring and Weight of the Air, and their effects. The I. Part.

A Continuation of New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring and Weight of the Air, and their effects. The I. Part.

Eight folding engraved plates. 11 p.l., 198 pp., 6 leaves. 4to, cont. panelled calf (foot of one spine & one corner worn, upper joints cracking at foot). Oxford: Printed by H. Hall for R. Davis, 1669.

[bound with]:

—. A Continuation of New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring and Weight of the Air, and their effects. The Second Part…

Five folding engraved plates. Title within ruled border. 10 p.l., 198 pp., 3 leaves. 4to. London: Printed by M. Flesher for R. Davis, 1682.

[with]:

—. New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, touching the Air…

Two engraved plates (one folding). Titles within ruled borders. 8 p.l., 204 pp.; 6 p.l., 118 pp, one blank leaf; 4 p.l., 102 pp., one leaf. Three parts in one vol. 4to. London: Printed by M. Flesher for R. Davis, 1682.

I. First edition. After the Spring and Weight of the Air, Boyle continued to devise experiments on air. In this first continuation, he describes the second English air-pump, constructed like the first by himself and Robert Hooke. He investigated sound, magnetic force and frictional heat in a vacuum; he also confirmed the results of Pascal’s famous experiment on the Puy-de-Dôme.

II. First edition in English, translated from Latin. The first description of the double air-pump, the third air-pump in England, devised and constructed by Denis Papin, who had brought it with him from France. It had the great advantage of two barrels so arranged that, as the air became exhausted, the resistance offered to the ascent of one piston was nearly balanced by the force with which it compelled the other to descend. It is clear from this book that Boyle and Papin worked together for almost four years.

III. Third edition of Boyle’s book on his original experiments on air, his first scientific work and the one on which his fame rests. This edition, like the second, includes his controversial tracts against Linus and Hobbes, the former provoking an attack to which Boyle wrote a defense that contained “Boyle’s law,” first published in the second edition. See Horblit 15 and Printing & the Mind of Man 143 for the second edition.

Occasional unimportant worming but a very nice set bound in two volumes. Early signature of J. Brandreth of Trinity College, Cambridge on front free endpapers. Neville I, p. 192, has the same combination of works as are present here.

❧ Fulton 16, 18, & 15.

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