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"THE FIRST EXPERIMENTAL SCIENTIST IN THE MODERN SENSE": FIRST EDITION OF BOYLE'S MEDICINA HYDROSTATICA, 1690

BOYLE, Robert. Medicina Hydrostatica. London, 1690.

First edition of the "first tract in English upon the determination of specific gravity," one of the final works by Boyle, "arguably the most influential figure in the emerging scientific culture of late 17th-century Britain" and a close friend of John Locke, whose Essay Concerning Human Understanding appeared the same year, containing engraved frontispiece of weighing scales, bound with Catalogue of Philosophical Books at rear, a handsome copy in contemporary boards. $11,000.

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"THE TRACT ON ELECTRICITY WAS THE FIRST IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE"

BOYLE, Robert. Experiments, Notes, &c. about the Mechanical Origin or Production of Diverse Particular Qualities. London, 1676.

First edition (second issue as usual with canceled title page dated 1676 instead of 1675) of this collection of 11 pamphlets by the pioneering experimental scientist Robert Boyle, including the important first tract in English on electricity, which "brought the term into common usage," as well as papers on taste and smell that constituted "the first monographs to be devoted entirely to these subjects." Handsomely bound. $7200.

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"IT PRESENTLY MADE SO QUICK AN EXPANSION OR EXPLOSION, THAT SOME OF IT FLEW OUT OF THE GLASS AND HIT AGAINST THE CEILING OF THE ROOM"

BOYLE, Robert. Tracts… Containing New Experiments, Touching the Relationship betwixt Flame and Air. London, 1672.

First edition of Boyle's fascinating tracts on the relationship between flame and air, explorations of explosions, and responses to contemporary criticisms of his theories of hydrostatics, in contemporary calf. $3500.

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