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Tractatus sive physiologia nova de magnete
Stettin: Ioh. Hallervord, 1628. The Magnet?Extremely Rare First Continental EditionGilbert, William (1544-1603). Tractatus sive physiologia nova de magnete, magneticisque corporibus et magno magnete tellure sex libris comprehendis. 4to. [9] (of 10)ff., 232, [1]pp. Lacking half-title. Engraved title-leaf with portrait of Gilbert, 12 engraved plates (some folding), woodcut text illustrations. Sedini [Szczecin, Poland]: Typis G?anis, Ioh: Hallervordij, 1628. 229 x 180 mm. Modern calf, gilt-lettered spine. Browned as usual, minor marginal dampstaining, small marginal wormhole, but otherwise very good. Signature of Samuel Horsley (1733-1806), Bishop of St. Asaph, on the title and a very few marginal notes, and corrections probably his.First Continental Edition of Gilbert?s De Magnete, originally published in London in 1600. ?One of the earliest monographs devoted to a particular branch of terrestrial physics, and one of the first published reports of an extensive series of linked, reconfirmed experiments? (Heilbron, Electricity in the 17th and 18th Centuries, p. 169). The Sedini edition, printed in the Duchy of Pomerania, was prepared by Wolfgang Lochmann (1594-1643) and is extremely rare, much more so than the first edition. The large woodcuts of the first edition are here printed as copperplates, and the text was revised and enlarged. There are three issues of the Sedini edition: one with engraved title, the lower vignette showing a magnetic compass trailing after a ship (as in our copy); one with this vignette showing the compass on board ship; and one with printed title only. Roller notes that some examples have ?Authoris? on the engraved title in the place of ?Ioh: Hallervordij,? indicating that Lochmann apparently remaindered the sheets to Johann Hallervord, a well-known book dealer in the German city of Rostock. This copy once belonged to Samuel Horsley, Bishop of St. Asaph and a fellow of the Royal Society; Horsley was particularly interested in astronomical and geometrical science, and published an edition of Newton?s Opera (1779-85) with his commentary. Roller, The De magnete of William Gilbert, pp. 175-76. Heilbron, pp. 169-179. See Printing and the Mind of Man 107; Horblit 41; Dibner 54.
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