Opera philosophica et mineralia]: [I]: Principia Rerum Naturalium sive Novorum Tentaminum ... Opera philosophica et mineralia]: [I]: Principia Rerum Naturalium sive Novorum Tentaminum ... Opera philosophica et mineralia]: [I]: Principia Rerum Naturalium sive Novorum Tentaminum ...

Opera philosophica et mineralia]: [I]: Principia Rerum Naturalium sive Novorum Tentaminum Phaenomena Mundi Elementaris Philosophice Explicandi. . .[II]: Regnum Subterraneum sive Minerale De Ferro. . . [III]: Regnum Subterraneum sive Minerale. . .


Published by Friedrich Hekel, 1734., Dresden and Leipzig:, 1734
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Three volumes (3 parts each). Folio. Collation: [vol. I in 3 parts] a7, A-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Zzz2, Aaaa-Zzzz2, Aaaaa-Uuuuu2; [II]: a6, A-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Zzz2, Aaaa-Zzzz2, Aaaaa-Eeeee2; [III in 3 parts]: a7, A-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Zzz2, Aaaa-Zzzz2, Aaaaa-Zzzzz2, Aaaaaa-Zzzzzz2, Aaaaaaa-Ttttttt2. Pagination: [14], 160, 165-452; [12], 386; [14], 534 pp. Each part with a separate title-page. PLATES: With 124 (of 128) engraved plates (some folding), numerous head and tail pieces, title-vignettes, historiated initial letters; professional repairs to folding plates at page 254 in volume II, no affect, and page 200 in volume III, volume III lacks two plates [pls. I & II and III, IV & V and XII & XIII and XXX & XXXI and XXXII & XXXIII and XXXVI & XXXVII on 6 pls. (i.e. combined nos.)], including double-number XXXVIII-1 and XXXVIII-2; folding pl. on v. III facing p. 169 not numbered "tabula 2 . . . petrificatas . . . Glucksbrunn"); pl. XLI & XL a double-page plate with 2 nos. (out-of-sequence). Volume one lacking half title and engraved portrait (which is common), pl. XXXIV (double-page & folding) has a MOVABLE FLAP at the gutter ["Delineatio Peris . . . mineralis Hercyniae" [folds repaired with kozo], skips XXXXV, XXXXVI, XXXVII, pls. LV & LVI & LVII combined, LVIII & LIX also combined, LX, LXI, LXII combined, LXIII, LXIV, LXV combined, pl. LIX (facing p. 311) is a duplicated number, but in reality misnumbered and should be "LXIX", LXXIX and LXXX combined, lacks LXXXII. / TOTAL PLATES: 152 illus. on 124 engraved plates [lacking 3 pls. in vol. III only]. Modern three-quarter calf over marbled boards, in period style, gilt decorated spine, gilt titles on red and green labels. From the library of Eivind Hassler, Uppsala, with his bookplate. Early bookplate of the Manchester Library. Few pages with slight chipping to outer margins, no effect, some foxing, few plates are browned, few pages with light smudge stains, else a clean, very good copy. First edition. Emmanuel Swedenborg led one of the most remarkable careers in the history of science and philosophy. He mastered natural science and mathematics in his youth, writing some 150 works on scientific subjects. He rigorously sought a comprehensive physical explanation of the world based on mathematical and mechanical principles. Gradually his inquiries turned toward philosophical matters and after a profound mystical experience in 1745 he devoted his reasoning almost entirely to the interpretation of religion. His great work of philosophical studies appeared in 1734. It contained three volumes. In volume one, The Principia, he presented his primary cosmological conclusions. The second volume dealt with iron and steel, and the third volume with copper and brass. / "In April, 1733, Swedenborg obtained leave of absence from his assessorial duties, for nine months, in order to see the above work through the press at Leipsic, where it was printed by Andreas Barthel, and published by Frederick Hekel (whose motto, Dominus providebit, with Hekel's monogram, is on the work). At the expiration of the nine months an extension of leave was granted, to allow the author to see to the completion of his work, which it was estimated would be concluded by April, 1734. Since he returned to Sweden in July, after some further travels in Germany, it appears that the work was completed at the expected time. But we learn from his journal that he reached Halle on March 1, having left Leipsic most probably on the same day. Thus the work must have been finished on or before that date. It had, therefore, been in the press five months, since it was begun on October 5, 1733, and within the same time De Infinito was also printed. . ." - Hyde, 228-230. / "Swedenborg (1688-1772) philosopher, scientist, mystic, and founder of a sect that bears his name. This collected works is called by Partington, ". . .HIS MOST IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC WORK." The first work here is the Principia rerum naturalium which was probably conceived as a coun. Bookseller Inventory # S13121

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Title: Opera philosophica et mineralia]: [I]: ...

Publisher: Friedrich Hekel, 1734., Dresden and Leipzig:

Publication Date: 1734

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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