London: printed by and for C. & R. Baldwin, 1809.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #002719
18 parts bound in 19 volumes, including separate plate volume. 4to (258 x 210 mm). Approx. 13,500 pp. of text and 266 engraved plates, includes half-titles and volume-titles to each text volume. Contemporary full calf, spines decorated and lettered in gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. Inner joints repaired, spines rebacked mostly retaining original leather, two volumes (V and VI) supplied and bound in almost matching leather. Extremities and boards rubbed, corners scuffed and slightly bumped. Text only little browned, minor spotting in places, plates occasionally foxed in outer margins, but generally quite clean and unmarked. Provenance: Richard Strachey, of Ashwick Grove, Bath (armorial bookplates with motto 'coelum non animum' to front-pastedowns), old ink stamps in arabic and hebrew letters to volume title-pages. Fine set, rarely found complete and in good condition as here. ----
Kronick, A history of scientific and technical periodicals, pp. 134-139; PMM 281 (for first edition). The Philosophical Transactions was established in 1665, making it the first journal in the world exclusively devoted to science, and therefore also the world's longest-running scientific journal. The use of the word "Philosophical" in the title refers to "natural philosophy", which was the equivalent of what would now be generally called 'science'. The present set is the most useful abridgement of the 17th and 18th century volumes. The foreword to vol. 1 says "It comprises whatever is most valuable in the Original, from its commencement to the close of the eighteenth century, together with Dr. Hooke's volume of Philosophical Collections. All the articles are presented in the same order in which they appear in the Original. The most important communications are reprinted entire, in the words of the respective authors. The less important papers are given in an abridged state . . . to give further utility to the present Abridgement, a General Index has been subjoined, by way of Appendix to the concluding volume. [. . .] On the whole it is hoped, that this New Abridgement, on which the proprietors have spared neither pains nor expence [sic], will be found to contain whatever is most valuable in the Original Work, and that to those who are necessarily engaged in philosophical pursuits in the way of their profession, as well as to those who in their hours of leisure cultivate the sciences from taste, it will, up to the period which it embraces, be found to answer all the purposes of the more costly and scarcely procurable Transactions at large."
Contents: v. 1. 1665-1672.--v. 2. 1672-1683.--v. 3. 1683-1694.--v. 4. 1694-1702.--v. 5. 1703-1712.--v. 6. 1713-1723.--v. 7. 1724-1734.--v. 8. 1735-1743.--v. 9. 1744-1749.--v. 10. 1750-1755.--v. 11. 1755-1763.--v. 12. 1763-1769.--v. 13. 1770-1776.--v. 14. 1776-1780.--v. 15. 1781-1785.--v. 16. 1785-1790.--v. 17. 1791-1796.--v. 18. 1796-1800. - Visit our website for additional images and information. We do have a large number of 18th and 19th century volumes of the regular Philosophical Transactions in stock. Please ask for availability.
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