Philosophical Collections

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[HOOKE, Robert, editor]: Philosophical Collections. London, Printed for John Martyn, [Moses Pitt, Richard Chiswel] Printers for the Royal Society, 1679 [–82].

COMPLETE SET, seven numbers in one volume, 210 pp., six folding plates, one full-page engraving (no. 5, p. 161), one half-page engraving (no. 4, p. 92), half calf , modern boards. A good clean copy.

Robert Hooke was authorised by the Council of the Royal Society to publish the Philosophical Collections after the official Transactions ceased publication on Henry Oldenburg’s death in 1677. Ordinary publication of the Transactions was resumed in January 1682/3. The purpose of the journal was to provide an up-to-date account of any physical, chemical, astronomical or philosophical observations and to advertise the publication of any books of this kind. Complete sets of these seven numbers are very uncommon.

The Royal Society, founded in 1660, is the oldest scientific society in Great Britain and one of the oldest in Europe. Founders and early members included the scientist Bishop John Wilkins, the philosopher Joseph Glanvill, the mathematician John Wallis and the architect Christopher Wren, who wrote the preamble to its charter.

Keynes, Hooke 24. Norman 1100 (listing 3 folding plates). See PMM 148 for the ‘Philosophical Transactions’.