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WILKINS, John
Mathematicall magick. Or, the wonders that may be performed by mechanicall geometry.
London, printed by M[iles]. F[lesher]. for Sa. Gellibrand, 1648. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. pp. [xvi], 295, [i]. A–T8, V4 (A1 blank), 8 engraved plates (3-full page), in this issue “The words “powers. motions.” are bracketed together on title page” ESTC, title and text within box rule, many small woodcut diagrams in text, woodcut initials, typographical ornaments, contemporary manuscript ex dono on title “Thomas Jeynson Dono Dedit Tobias Parnell”, “J. Crossley’s book 1791” on pastedown, a few early annotations, Erwin Tomash’s book-label on pastedown. Light age yellowing, some mostly marginal dust soiling, thumb marks and small stains. A good copy, with good margins in modern three-quarter dark calf over marbled boards, original endleaves retained. First edition of this charmingly illustrated and important work, the first book on mechanics written in English, by Wilkins, Bishop of Chester, and a founder member of the Royal Society. The work is more about mechanics than mathematics, and discusses, among other things, flying machines, carts with sails, automata and perpetual motion machines. Wilkins dedicated his work to His Highness the Prince Elector Palatine. It is divided into two books, one headed “Archimedes, because he was the chiefest in discovering of Mechanical powers,” the other was called “Daedalus” because he “was one of the first and most famous amongst the Ancients for his skill in making Automata.” Wilkins sets out and explains the principles of mechanics in the first book and gives ideas in the second book on future technical developments such as flying which he anti … [Click Below for Full Description]
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