The Mathematical and Philosophical Works of the Right Reverend John Wilkins, Late Lord Bishop of Chester.

London: Nicholson, 1708. hardcover. 3 volumes (5 parts) bound in one. Illustrated with numerous woodcuts and copperplates depicting ingenious machines, etc. [6], 274, [10], 90, [8], 184pp. 8vo, old calf, sprinkled edges (leather is well-rubbed, especially along backstrip; hinges repaired; pages trimmed close with partial loss of some side notes; light foxing; lacks the main title page). London: John Nicholson, Benj. Tooke, And. Bell, Ralph Smith, 1708. Very good (+). very good(+).

Each part has an individual title page. Parts 1 & 2 are 5th Impressions with continous pagination. Part 3 is 3rd Edition with separate pagination. Part 4 is 5th Edition and has continual pagination with Part 5. Part 1: The Discovery of a New World, or, A discourse tending to prove, that ('tis probable) there may be another habitable world in the moon. With a discourse concerning the possibility of a passage thither. Part 2: A Discourse Concerning a New Planet, tending to prove, that ('tis probable) our earth is one of the planets. 5th Impression. Part 3: Mercury, or The secret and swift messenger. Shewing how a man may with privacy and speed communicate his thoughts to a friend at any distance. Part 4: Mathematical Magick: or the wonders that may be perform'd by mechanical geometry. Concerning mechanical powers and motions. Part 5: An abstract of Dr. Wilkins's essay towards a real character, and a philosophical language.

Price: $1,750.00

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