PROBING THE NATURE OF RESPIRATION (1672)

BOYLE, Robert

Tracts written by the Honourable Robert Boyle, containing New Experiments, touching the Relation betwixt Flame and Air. And about Explosions. A Hydrostatical Discourse occasion'd by some Objections of Dr. Henry More against some Explications of New Experiments made by the author of these Tracts: to which is annex't, An Hydrostatical Letter, dilucidating an Experiment about a Way of Weighing Water in Water. New Experiments { Of the Positive or Relative Levity of Bodies under Water. Of the Air's Spring on Bodies under Water. About the Differing Pressure of Heavy Solids and Fluids.

Published: London: Printed for Richard Davis

Date: 1672

first edition, first issue 8vo. [6], 142; [2], 17, [1 (blank)]; [12], 176; [2], 19, [1 (blank)]; [2], 16; [2], 39, [1 (advt.)]pp., contemporary calf sometime rebacked and refurbished at corners, smooth spine panelled by double gilt fillets and with a brown morocco label, lacks the preliminary blank leaf A1 and the blank leaves x7-8 (as usual), fore-edges of boards bit worn, some light toning as usual, very good copy.

Provenance
Bookplate of the John Crerar Library of Chicago (with their neat withdrawal stamp) and with their name in small gilt letters at lower corner of front board.

Note
Fulton Bibliography .. Robert Boyle, 101 WING B4060 ESTC r10383 Collation: [pi]3, B-I8, K1, (*)-(*)8, (**)-(**)8, k-u8, x6, K2-K8, L-O8, P2 - with no initial blank [pi]1 and x7-x8 blank "Important observations on respiration are scattered through nearly all of Boyle's works. He was impressed with the idea that life was a slow-burning flame, and he often pointed out the analogy between living processes and the burning of a candle. It was in the present tract, however that he gave special attention to the theme, insisting upon the term flamma vitalis (pp.105 et seq). In many places he approached the modern theory of oxidation" [Fulton]. While the book was in the press Boyle as an afterthought decided to add more material. This was to be be inserted in middle of sheets already printed and this has resulted in an interrupted sequence of gatherings with almost 200 pages introduced between leaves K1 and K2 and with the gathering x (the last of the of extra material) coming long before gathering P, the last gathering of the book proper. The book was reissued in 1673 with a cancelled title page dated for that year.

£2000

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