Meteorology from the famous horological inventor (1715)

[BARLOW, Edward]

Meteorological essays, concerning the origin of springs, generation of rain, and production of wind. With a rational and historical account of the causes and course of the tide: its propagation thro' the great ocean; and its reception into the narrow seas, and channels: more especially near the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland. Explicating all along its various appearances, and seeming irregularities. In two treatises. Illustrated with divers copper-plates.

Published: London, John Hooke and Thomas Caldecott

Date: 1715

8vo (200 × 128 mm), pp. [16], 122, [2], 212; 12 engraved folding maps and plans, including a world map and double hemisphere map, slight fraying and browning to edges of some where they protrude from the text block; slightly tanned and occasional dusting, else a clean text; very good in contemporary panelled calf, re-backed with red lettering-piece.

ESTC T96093; Fassig II, 126.

First edition with twelve folding maps and plans. Edward Barlow (1639-1719), more famous as the inventor of the rack and snail mechanism for striking clocks about 1676, was a Benedictine Catholic priest, educated at the English College in Lisbon, and subsequently sent to serve in the English mission, first living with Lord Langdale in Yorkshire, and then moving to Parkhall in Lancashire. In addition to this work on meteorology and other earth sciences, Barlow wrote an unpublished three volume theological work defending the traditional Catholic teaching on the Eucharist.

Very good

Full calf