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Memoirs of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester. Vol.I. [ - Vol.II]
Warrington, printed by W. Eyres, for T. Cadel in the Strand, London. 1785. 2 vols., 8vo., 5 engraved plates (of which 4 are folding), xxiii + (1) + 473 + (13) and ix + (1) + 514 + (12)pp., one leaf in vol.II bound out of order, near contemporary ownership inscription in ink on each title-page of William Williams,> bound in old, perhaps original marbled boards with paper spines, the spines worn, entirely uncut. A fine copy. First edition of the two original volumes in the First Series of the Society's Memoirs> (later volumes were published in 1790, 1793, 1796, 1798 and 1802). See Goldsmiths 12823. The Manchester Lit. and Phil. is a learned society in Manchester which was established in 1781, its Memoirs> being, after the Royal Society's Phil. Trans.>, the oldest scientific journal in the U.K. The Society has been at the leading edge of knowledge in many fields. These two original volumes of Memoirs> include the rationale for its establishment, the original 'Laws and Regulations for the government of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester', and lists of the original ordinary and honorary members. The presidents and vice-presidents included Thomas Percival F.R.A. and Charles White F.R.S.: the honorary members included a galaxy of scientific talent - Erasmus Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, M. Lavoisier, John Coakley Lettson, Joseph Priestley, and Alexander Volta. The papers here published cover the whole spectrum of developing knowledge, including education itself (papers by Thomas Barnes), language, crime and punishment (William Turner with inevitable references to Beccaria, Blackstone and Howard), meteorology, geology, medicine, chemistry, and there are papers on manufacturing processes. And the diversity of the published papers also includes one on taste and beauty and its relevance to morals, one on the essential characteristics of poetry, and another 'on the diversions of hunting, shooting, fishing, &c. considered as compatible with humanity'.
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