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Lot 52: [New England, Science] Philosophical Transactions

1014: Rare Books & Manuscripts

by Addison & Sarova Auctioneers

05 November 2016

Macon, GA, USA

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Description: PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS. No. 157. Oxford, 1684. 4to in modern wrappers. 511 - 550 pp. + folding plate. Text Very Good overall though one leaf with a marginal corner-chip. Folding plate with staining, creasing, and some closed tears. *********************************************** Contains various works on earth-quakes, Pyrites and other scientific interests. Perhaps most interesting is the work on the effects of a thunder-clap on a compass aboard a ship off the coast of New England. The account describes a fiery substance raining down onto the ship, nearly impossible to extinguish, in the midst of a thunder-storm. Interestingly, the compasses (which had become fixed to one point and rendered inoperable) were kept, and one was given to the Puritan New-England minister Increase Mather. Mather was pressed to give up the compass, but he would not: "Mr. Thomas Graves...thinks Mather is writing some book, wherein this story of the Thunder, or this effect of it on the Compass, is to bear a part." Indeed, Mather wrote at length of thunder is his "Remarkable Providences," describing thunder-storms as the work of Satan or occasionally good angels.

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