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Works Of The Honourable Robert Boyle/1772/six Folio Volumes/fine Leather Bndings For Sale

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VERY RARE - SCARCE EARLY EDITION - FIRST COMPLETE ISSUE
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THE WORKS OF THE HONOURABLE ROBERT BOYLE
In Six Volumes.
To which is Prefixed
THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR

LONDON: Printed for J. & F. Rivington, L. Davis, W.Johnston, S,Crowder, T.Payne et al, MDCCLXXII, 1772 [published date: 1772]. Rare Early edition in six volumes, the most complete edition of Boyle's works which are organised in order of their first publication. Folio. 12" x 9.5" inches (LxB). Pp. Frontis, ccxxxviii, 799 pages + 2 copper engraved plates; (2), 800 pages + 6 copper engraved plates; (2), 803 pages + 8 copper engraved plates; (2), 750 pages + 1 copper engraved plates; (2), 796, (130, index) pages. Fine original contemporary full calf leather boards, sympathetically rebacked in antique style, using matching brown fine morocco leather, blind ruled spine with 5 raised bands and the original red & black gilt lettered morocco labels relaid. The most complete edition of Boyle's works which are organized in order of their first publication and is prefaced by Thomas Birch's Life of Boyle first published in 1744. A new edition, engraved portrait frontispiece, title vignettes and 16 copper engraved plates, some folding, library stamp to verso of each title, large armorial library label to front pastedowns. Robert Boyle was a nature philosopher, chemist, physicist, and inventor, known for his development of the first air pump. Boyle's greatest accomplishment was the invention of Boyle's law, which describes the inversely proportional relationship between the absolute pressure and volume of a gas. A classic work. There are numerous close-up pictures of the contents given below; please click on them for a detailed description (See Scans below). Please take some time to view the 50+ pictures in detail, in order to gain a full idea of the contents and condition.

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The Honorable Robert Boyle (January 25, 1627 – December 30, 1691) was an Irish natural philosopher who made important contributions to chemistry and physics and established himself as a leading figure in the scientific revolution. Although his research and personal philosophy had their roots in the alchemical tradition, he was an independent thinker who challenged a number of traditional views on such fundamental issues as the nature of chemical elements and their composition. He practiced as well as advocated the experimental approach, regarding it as the key to discovering the secrets of the natural world. Among his publications, The Sceptical Chymist is seen as a cornerstone in the field of chemistry, and he has been called the "father of modern chemistry." When Boyle read of Otto von Guericke's air pump in 1657, he began, with his assistant Robert Hooke (1635–1703), to devise improvements in its construction. As a result, in 1659, they produced the "pneumatical engine," or "machina Boyleana," and started a series of experiments on the properties of air. In 1660, Boyle published a book titled New Experiments Physico-Mechanicall, Touching the Spring of the Air, and Its Effects, in which he described his experiments with the air pump. He concluded, among other things, that air has elasticity and weight and exerts pressure. He also reported that sound cannot traverse a vacuum, and air is necessary for creatures to live and materials to burn. On a more fundamental level, his experimental results led him to think of matter as composed of minute particles that he called "corpuscles." .......Boyle enunciated the principle that the volume of a gas varies inversely as its pressure—a principle that is commonly known as Boyle's Law among English-speaking peoples, although on the European continent it is attributed to Edme Mariotte, who did not publish it until 1676. In 1661, Boyle published The Sceptical Chymist as a dialog in which he argued against the blind acceptance of authority in matters of science and demanded that the question "why?" should be addressed in every inquiry into the truth of matters. In addition, he strongly advocated the "proof" of results that are claimed to demonstrate a particular principle. For Boyle, the so-called "new philosophy" was experimental science. His scientific investigations and the sheer volume of his experimental records put him well beyond the philosophical or speculative natural philosophers. The revolution in chemistry advocated by Boyle was a call for a systematic organization of experiments and the knowledge gained thereby. His advocacy must have deeply impressed his student Nicholas Lemery, who published a systematic chemistry text, Cours de Chemie. This book was widely used in the study of chemistry. In 1663, the Invisible College became the Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge. The charter of incorporation granted by Charles II of England named Boyle a member of the council. In 1680, he was elected president of the society, but he declined the honor based on a scruple about oaths. To Boyle's great credit as a scientific investigator, he carried out the principles preached by the philosopher Francis Bacon (1561–1626) in the Novum Organum. Yet he would not avow himself a follower of Bacon or any other teacher. On several occasions, he mentioned that he refrained from any study of the atomic and Cartesian systems, and even Novum Organum itself, though he admitted "transiently consulting" them about a few particulars. His desire was to keep his judgment as open as possible with any of the modern theories of philosophy, until he was "provided of experiments" to help him evaluate them. Nothing was more alien to his mental temperament than the spinning of hypotheses. In the field of physics, Boyle investigated the expansive force of freezing water, specific gravities of materials, refractive powers, crystals, electricity, color, and hydrostatics. In addition, he enunciated Boyle's law and discovered the role of air in the propagation of sound. For all that, chemistry was his peculiar and favorite area of study. He investigated the chemistry of combustion and respiration, and observed many of the properties of the gas that Lavoisier would later call "oxygen." He also conducted experiments in physiology, but was hampered by the "tenderness of his nature," which kept him from anatomical dissections, especially of live animals, though he knew them to be "most instructing." Boyle was an alchemist in the sense that he believed it possible to transmute matter from one form to another and carried out experiments in the hope of effecting it. In 1689, he was instrumental in obtaining the repeal of the statute of Henry IV against multiplying gold and silver. Nonetheless, he was clearly motivated by the quest for truth rather than by the desire for gold.

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CONDITION REPORT: A rare book set in fine original contemporary full calf leather boards, sympathetically rebacked in antique style, using fine morocco leather, blind ruled spine with 5 raised bands and the original red & black gilt lettered morocco labels relaid (See Scans below), some wear/tear, scuffing to covers, board edges & corners are heavily worn (See Scans below), the pages with minor age toning-spotting are clean & bright (See Scans below), the bindings are tight & intact (See Scans below). The leather is smooth & supple to the touch (See Scans below). Note: Provenance: Large armorial "Wigan Library" bookplates to front pastedowns (See Scans below). Library stamps to verso of each title, are the only Lib. stamps, trace of numbers removed from spine (See the last Scans below). A couple of spine labels a bit chipped. There are many close-up pictures for your kind perusal. Please click on any of the 50+ images above & below in the listing for enlarged close-up pictures of details, virtues & flaws (See Scans below).

The following is a list of Boyle's significant works in science and philosophical writings were:

  • 1660—New Experiments Physico-Mechanicall, Touching the Spring of the Air, and Its Effects
  • 1661—The Sceptical Chymist: or Chymico-Physical Doubts and Paradoxes
  • 1662—A Defence of the Doctrine Touching the Spring and Weight of the Air
  • 1663—Some Considerations touching the Usefulnesse of Experimentall Naturall Philosophy (written in two parts, with an extension of the second part in 1671)
  • 1664—Experiments and Considerations Touching Colours, with Observations on a Diamond that Shines in the Dark
  • 1665—New Experiments and Observations Touching Cold
  • 1666—Hydrostatical Paradoxes
  • 1666-67—The Origine of Formes and Qualities (According to the Corpuscular Philosophy)
  • 1669—A Continuation of New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring and Weight of the Air, and their Effects. The First Part
  • 1670—tracts about the Cosmicall Qualities of Things, the Temperature of the Subterraneal and Submarine Regions, the Bottom of the Sea, &c. with an Introduction to the History of Particular Qualities
  • 1672—An Essay about the Origine and Virtues of Gems
  • 1673—Essays of the strange Subtilty, great Efficacy [and] Determinate Nature of Effluviums
  • 1673—Tracts Consisting of Observations About the Saltness of the Sea [etc.]
  • 1674—Tracts: Containing Suspicions about Some Hidden Qualities of the Air [etc.]
  • 1675—Experiments, Notes, &c. about the Mechanical Origine or Production of Divers Particular Qualities
  • 1678—Observations upon an Artificial Substance that Shines without any Preceding Illustration
  • 1680—The Aerial Noctiluca: Or Some New Phenomena, and a Process of A Factitious Self-shining Substance
  • 1680—A Continuation of New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, Touching the Spring and Weight of the Air, and their Effects. The Second Part
  • 1682—New Experiments, and Observations, Made upon the Icy Noctiluca
  • 1684—Memoirs for the Natural History Of Humane Blood, Especially The Spirit of that Liquor
  • 1685—Short Memoirs for the Natural Experimental History of Mineral Waters
  • 1690—Medicina Hydrostatica
  • 1691—Experimenta & Observationes Physicae Wherein are Briefly Treated of Several Subjects Relating to Natural Philosophy in an Experimental Way
  • 1648/1660—Seraphic Love (written in 1648, but not published until 1660)
  • 1659—Some Motives and Incentives to the Love of God. Pathetically Discours'd of, in a Letter to a Friend
  • 1661—Some Considerations Touching the Style of the Holy Scriptures
  • 1663—an Essay upon the Style of the Holy Scriptures
  • 1664—Excellence of Theology compared with Natural Philosophy
  • 1665—Occasional Reflections upon Several Subjects, which was ridiculed by Swift in A Pious Meditation upon a Broom Stick, and by Butler in An Occasional Reflection on Dr Charlton's Feeling a Dog's Pulse at Gresham College
  • 1675—Some Considerations about the Reconcileableness of Reason and Religion, with a Discourse about the Possibility of the Resurrection
  • 1681—A Discourse of Things above Reason, Inquiring Whether a Philosopher Should Admit There Are Any Such
  • 1684-85—Of the High Veneration Man's Intellect Owes to God; Peculiarly for his Wisedome and Power
  • 1688—A Disquisition about the Final Causes of Natural Things.

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