Stettin: Gotzke, 1633.
3rd Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #002946
4to (221 x 173 mm). , 232 (i.e. 233),  pp. Signatures: (...) A-2M4. Woodcut printer's device on title, 79 woodcut illustrations in text, 12 engraved plates (2 folding), woodcut initials and headpieces, index at end. Bound in Italian 18th century half vellum over xylographic paper (spine with sign of former bookplate, covers little soiled, corners bumped and scuffed), yellow-dyed edges. Light browning to text as usual (plates generally more heavily browned), occasional minor spotting, erased stamp on title, the large folding plate with two short tears at gutter. Provenance: private Italian collection. This copy has a valid export license from Italy. A very good, wide-margined copy. ----
Norman 906 (1st Stettin edition); Dibner 54 (note); Wheeler-Gift 72a; Ekelof 64. - RARE THIRD EDITION of one of the most important works in the history of exact sciences, according to Norman much rarer than the first edition. "Gilbert's experiments in magnetism, and his use of such terms as 'electric force', 'electric attraction', and 'magnetic pole', are the basis of the growth of the field of electricity. This book is considered the first great scientific work published in England" (Horblit 41). "Gilbert's book influenced Kepler, Bacon, Boyle, Newton and, in particular, Galileo, who used his theories to support his own proof of the correctness of the findings of Copernicus in cosmology" (PMM 107). "Wolfgang Lochmann of Stettin brought out an edition of De Magnete in 1628 which was the first one published abroad. This was followed by the present edition in 1633, which contains a preface by Lochmann; also the famous idyll of Claudin (4th Century) on the magnet" (Wheeler-Gift).
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