Boyle's Seminal Work Comprising A Series Of Essays Presenting A Very Subtle View Of Experiment, First Enlarged Edition
BOYLE, Robert. Certain Physiological Essays And Other Tracts; Written at different Times, and on Several Occasions. The Second Edition. Wherein some of the Tracts are enlarged by Experiments, and the Work is increased by the Addition of a Discourse about the Absolute Rest in Bodies. London: Henry Herringman , 1669.
Second edition, first enlarged edition. Small quarto (8 3/16 x 6 1/8 inches; 208 x 157 mm).[8], 292, [4], 30 pp. "Two essays, concerning the unsuccessfulness of experiments" and "Some specimens of an attempt to make chymical experiments" each have separate title page dated 1668; pagination and register are continuous. "The History of Fluidity and Firmnesse" has a separate half-title and pagination and register are continuous. "Of absolute rest in bodies" has separate dated title page, register, and pagination. As called for by STC. Lacking final blank. With approximately twenty-three additional pages of expanded text to enlarge this new edition.

"An Advertisement About the Second Edition. For the ease of those that had already perused the first Edition of the Physiological Essays, and other Tracts that accompany'd them, the Author took the pains to include the principal things added in the present Edition in Paratheses, that the chief Additions may be found out without the pains of reading over again the whole Book. But finding these Paratheses to have been, by an oversight of the Press, omitted, some amends was thought fit to be endeavoured to be made for that, by intimating that the Experiments that enlarge this New Edition, are for the most part, to be found in the following Pages of it... Page 196. 202.0222. 226. 227. 241. 243. 246. from pag. 252 to 255. p.257. p. 238, 239. p. 263. from p. 289 to 291. p. 32 and 33. p. 169, 170." (Leaf A4).

Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked and recornered to style. Spine elaborately tooled in gilt. Red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Title-page a bit soiled. Some toning and foxing throughout, mainly to endpapers. Signature Y with paper flaw at bottom edge of each leaf, not affecting text. Overall a very good copy.

"Boyle was an experimenter par excellence, both in theory and practice. Though Francis Bacon may have laid down guidelines for the pursuit of inductive science by controlled experiment, it was Boyle who worked out such ideas in full, eclectically building on precedents provided not only by Bacon, but also by other traditions, including that of the practical 'chymists'. In part, he did so through the consideration that he gave to the method and rationale of experiments, particularly in his Certain Physiological Essays (1661). This seminal work comprised a series of essays presenting a very subtle view of experiment, including two key essays on the significance of unsuccessful experiments, together with others in which he illustrated the way in which such trials could be deployed to provide an empirical foundation for his version of the mechanical philosophy, to which he gave the name 'corpuscularianism' to avoid the irreligious overtones that atomism had inherited from classical antiquity." (Robert Boyle: an Introduction. By Michael Hunter. Birkbeck College, University of London).

STC R17579

HBS # 65500 $2,850