Oxford: Printed for E. Flesher for R. Davis, Bookseller in Oxford / Printed by W. H. for Ric. Davis, 1675.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003354
Sammelband of Fiftteen Tracts. London: Printed for E. Flesher for R. Davis, Bookseller in Oxford, 1675-1676 (for tracts I-XI); tracts I-IX and XI dated 1675, tract X dated 1676. [Oxford: Printed by W. H. for Ric. Davis, 1671] (for tracts XII to XV). Present are:
I: Of the Mechanical Origine of Heat and Cold. , 1-28, , 29-105  pp. incl. sep. title and blank leaf after p.28.
II: Experiments and Observations about the Mechanical Production of Tasts. , 3-35  pp.
III: Experiments and Observations about the Mechanical Production of Odours. , 3-31  pp.
IV: Of the Imperfection of the Chymist's Doctrine of Qualities. , 3--50,  pp. incl. final blank.
V: Reflections upon the Hypothesis of Alcali and Acidum. , 3-38,  pp. incl. final blank.
VI: Experiments and Notes about the Mechanical Origine and Production of Volatility. , 3-56 pp.
VII: Experimental Notes of the Mechanical Origine or Production of Fixtness. , 3-34,  pp. incl. final blank.
VIII: Experiments and Notes about the Mechanical Origine or Production of Corrosiveness and Corrosibility. , 69  pp.
IX: Of the Mechanical Causes of Chymical Precipitation. , 1-46 pp., incl. 2 leaves of adverts A2-3.
X: Experiments and Notes about the Mechanical Production of Magnetism. 1676. , 20 pp., incl. advert leaf A2.
XI: Experiments and Notes about the Mechanical Origine or Production of Electricity. , 38 pp.
XII: Of the Temperature of the Submarine Regions as to Heat and Cold. , 3-18, half title only, gathering B wrongly signed C, lacking the cancel leaves pp. 19-22 (C2-3) and final blank C4.
XIII: Relations about the Bottom of the Sea. 3-16,  pp., lacking half title B4 and first text leaf B5, including two final blanks.
XIV: An Introduction to the History of Particular Qualities. , 3-42, incl. half title with imprimatur on verso dated Nov. 3, 1669.
XV: Of the Systematicall or cosmicall qualities of things. , 1-27  pp., half title with impr. verso dated Nov. 3, 1669.
Bound in contemporary English calf, rebacked preserving most of original spine. Text little browned only, occasional spotting and staining, a few contemporary ink annotations, some pages with short upper margin, title of first tract with paper reinforcement at gutter obscuring 3 letters of title (these added in ink), tear in lower blank margin of A4 of tract IX not affecting text, leaf B3 shorter at fore-margin. Provenance: Thomas Onions (inscribed on first title-page, first flyleaf and final page of tract XIII).
RARE FIRST EDITION OF ALL TRACTS. For tracts I-XI see Fulton 123 ('This collection of eleven tracts is rare, usually imperfect, and contains two of the most important of Boyle's contributions to physical science'). Tract XI is the first work on electricity in the English language. See Dibner, Heralds of Science, 56: "Because so much electrical development originated in England, the first book on Electricity in any language, and particularly in English, is of importance. This tract appeared with one on Magnetism among a group of 11 tracts in science published in London in 1675. In it Boyle proved that electrical attraction was mutual, and that it was not inhibited by the vacuum of an air-pump jar."
For tracts XII-XV see Fulton 83. These have been published 1671 in Oxford by Ric. Davis as a collection of 6 tracts with an added general title "Tracts" which is not present here. The individual tracts have undated half-titles only. - Visit our website to see more images!
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