On The Nature Of Things (in Latin)
|Publisher||SAMUEL DE TOURNES|
Samuel de Tournes, Geneva, 1688. 4to: ff, (13), 111 pp. Complete. Woodcut printer’s device on title page. Old vellum spine. A wide-margined copy; some expected marginal foxing, overall very good throughout. “This, perhaps the most important of Boyle’s philosophical writings, is, in the truest sense, a discourse upon the ‘nature of things’. He pointed out that the current views of natural phenomena were incompatible both with religion and philosophy, arguing, that one must distinguish between ‘universal nature’ and ‘particular nature’, the former being the result of general cosmic principles such as the laws of motion (Newton’s Principia was published in the following year) and the latter the result of the general laws applied to a specific natural object. The growth of Boyle’s theory of the universe as represented in Formes and Qualities, Cosmicall Qualities, and the present work forms an important phase in the history of natural philosophy, and is little known.” (Fulton) Boyle's preface to the present work is signed 1682, although the first English edition of the tract appears to have been published in 1685/6 (A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Receiv’d Notion of Nature). The translator's preface is by David Abercromby M. D., a member of Boyle's circle and a principal recipient of Boyle's patronage during the 1680s who, at Boyle's request, translated several of his works into Latin (cf ESTC). Being the first publication in the all important Latin language of the sciences of the era, a work which began the groundwork for Darwin’s life changing discoveries, as well as forming countless other avenues for future investigation, this is a museum worthy work. Considering it was published nearly 450 years ago, it is in remarkably solid condition. To best preserve and display this historical work in its original soft cover wraps, a professional bookbinder clamshell presentation box was specially created to securely and safely house this rarity. Titles are in bright gilt on cover and spine of clamshell. For the medical professional in your life, or needless to say, a spectacular gift or addition to any rare book collection. 111 pages.