Lot 379: Grew (Nehemiah). Musaeum Regalis Societatis. Or a Catalogue & Description of the Natural and Artificial Rarities belonging to the Royal Society and Preserved at Gresham College. Whereunto is Subjoyned the Comparartive Anatomy of Stomachs and Guts, 1st edition, printed by W. Rawlins for the Author, 1681, portrait frontispiece, thirty-one engraved plates, one folding (creased and slightly edge-frayed), frontispiece and title-page dust-soiled, some finger-soiling to plates, hinges split, contemporary calf, worn, small folio. Wing G1952. The famous descriptive catalogue of the Royal Society collections based on the collection formed by Robert Hubert and enlarged with further donations of natural rarities and instruments, apparatus and chemical preparations. The descriptions of instruments are of vital importance in our knowledge of the early activities of the Royal Society and include Newton's reflecting telescope, Boyle's air pump, Bishop Wilkins' air gun, Wren's rain gauge and many of Hooke's inventions. (1)
Dominic Winter's Printed Books and Maps Auction September 2015
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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