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Comets & more in Philosophical Transactions 1665  

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Two issues of Philosophical Transactions with observations on predicting the motion of comets, "Optick Glasses", whale-fishing, killing rattle snakes, and much more



Royal Society of London

March 6, 1664/5 & May 8, 1665


Numbers 1 & 3. Pp. [2], 1-16; 33-52. (4to) 21x16 cm (8¼x6¼"), removed from larger volume with remains of stitching on spine.

The first includes a dedicatory leaf and an introduction, plus articles on Improvement of Optick Glasses at Rome, spots on the Beltes of the Planet Jupiter, the motion of the late Comet predicted, experiments on Cold, a "very odd Monstrous Calf", and "A Narative concerning the success of the Pendulum-watches at Sea for the Longitude", the latter problem which was to vex the scientific community for the next century. The second includes observations on a second comet, the method of killing rattlesnakes used in Virginia, Boyle's Experimental History of Cold, etc.

Lot Amendments

First with beginning 4 leaves with marginal tears and loss affecting a little text, 1st 2 leaves detached, some aging and darkening within; 2nd contents well darkened; both good.

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