Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published). Emanuel SWEDENBORG.
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).
Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).

Opera philosophica et mineralia. Volumes I-III (all published).

Dresden & Leipzig: Friedrich Heckel, 1734.

1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very Good. Item #002966

Folio (329 x 204 mm). [16], 1-452 (i.e. 448); [12], 1-164, [2], 165-386; [12], 1-534 pp., bound without the leaf "Dem Buchbinder" as usual. Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author by Bernigrot fil after I.W. Stör in vol. I, half-title in vol. I only (wanting in vols. II-III), engraved vignettes on title-pages and dedication leaves, engraved headpieces, woodcut initials and tailpieces, 2 large folding engraved maps and 123 engraved plates (20 folding). Contemporary sprinkled calf, spines with 6 raised bands richly gilt in compartments and with gilt-lettered morocco labels, spinkled edges (extremities worn, boards scratched and rubbed, corners scuffed and bumped, joints partly cracked but holding firm, chipping to one spine label and spine heads and foots). Text little browned only, plates generally browned and spotted in vol. I, less in vols. II-III, tab XVI in vol. II shaved a few mm at fore-edge. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of "Owen Williams Esq.r, Temple House, Berks" and bookplate of "Bankjurist Axel M. Åströms bibliotek" to front pastedowns. A very good copy in untouched contemporary bindings. ----

Hyde, Bibliography of Swedenborg's works p.228-30; Wheeler Gift I, 283; Ward & Carozzi 2140; Hoover 773-5; Waller 11018; DSB XIII, p.179; Stroh & Ekelöf, Kronologisk förteckning öfver Emanuel Swedenborgs skrifter 95; Parkinson, Breakthroughs, p. 151 (for the Principia volume). FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, rarely found complete with the portrait as here. Edited by Fredrik Hekelius. The work, and specially vol. I "Principia rerum naturalium" maybe the most important Swedish work in natural philosophy. Swedenborg, best known for his contributions to natural philiosophy, religion and mysticism, was appointed assessor-extraordinary to the Swedish board of mines in 1716. The volume titles read, I: Principia Rerum Naturalium Sive Novorum Tentaminum Phaenomena Mundi Elementaris Philosophice Explicandi... II: Regnum Subterraneum Sive Minerale De Ferro Deque Modis Liquationum Ferri Per Europam Passim In Usum Receptis: Deque Conversione Ferri Crudi In Chalybem... III: Regnum Subterraneum Sive Minerale De Cupro Et Orichalco Deque Modis Liquationum Cupri Per Europam Passim In Usum Receptis: De Secretione Ejus Ab Argento: De Conversione in Orichalcum... Large map on thick paper on Siberian mines engraved by J. F. Leihzelt "Charta ofwer Siberiskae bruuks grufe dehlar, som och Toblska Werkaturska lagsaga..." (490 x 650 mm). Swedenborg's work contains the Principia rerum naturalium, a far-reaching survey of the nature of matter and of the laws of motion. "Conceived as a counterpart to Newton's Principia, he sought a comprehensive physical explanation of the world based on mathematical and mechanical principles. While remaining faithful to the general principles of Cartesian natural philosophy... Swedenborg elaborated upon them." (DSB). "History testifies that he anticipated many scientific developments far ahead of his time." (Hoover). Vol. II contains a detailed study on the metallurgy of copper and brass. According to Darmsädter, vol. III contains the first handbook of ferrous metallurgy (Darmstädter 177). The fine engraved plates in vols. II and III are arguably the best illustrations of mining technology since Agricola. Vol. II has no plate with number 27, which according to Hyde is correct. Swedenborg took a leave of absence from his position as assessor to the board of mines to oversee the printing of this work. Volume 3 deals with the metallurgy of copper, and is profusely illustrated with impressively drawn technical plates of mine operations, smelting equipment, mineral samples, etc. - Visit our website for additional images and information.

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