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151r; however we may confidently date the list to sometime after 1694, since while most of the books are from the 1680s and 1690s, the penultimate item is a copy of the ‘Journal des Scavans in 12 year. Lacking lot numbers, it may have been intended as a shopping list of items to search for; in 1680, Hooke had sent such a list to Edmond Halley (1656–1742) during the latter’s trip to the continent (figs. In October 1673, Hooke received a copy of Thomas Willis’s (London: Harper Perennial, 2003), pp. 21, and as lot 21 in ‘Libri in Albiis, in Quarto’ on p. Sources on Viviani include Luciano Boschiero, ‘Robert Southwell and Vincenzio Viviani: Their Friendship and an Attempt at Italian–English Scientific Collaboration’, Considering the publication date, this book might indeed be the Viviani Hooke lent to the mathematician John Collins (1626–1683) on 18 July 1678, and again on 27 December 1679, a few weeks after delivering it to Sir Joseph Williamson (1633–1701), the president of the Royal Society, with whom Hooke had had previous conversations on mathematics. George Ent (1604–1689), also a member of the Royal College of Physicians, and whom Hooke had described as ‘eminently Ingenious and Learned’ in the To these we can add two more presentation copies − this time from Hooke himself. Although imperfect, it is nonetheless a useful copy with interleaved manuscript pages of alphabetical lists of books and prices from previous and later auctions. Giles Mandelbrote, Arnold Hunt, and Alison Shell (Winchester: St. 214, 221n35; and it is partially reproduced in ‘Letters, 1692’, ‘Book Trade References in the Lapthorne-Coffin Correspondence 1683-1697’, Michael Treadwell and Ian Maxted, eds., , lot 313 in ‘Libri Latini, &c. 73-5, where the title-page with Hooke’s inscription is reproduced on p. diss., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2001). Bearing the inscription on the imprimatur page ‘This is for my highly Esteem’d freind Mr. It is perhaps similar to the ‘register’ referred to by Richard Lapthorne in his 24 September 1692 letter to Richard Coffin; searching for a rare copy of Athanasius Kircher’s for Coffin, Lapthorne explained that he had consulted, either directly or via the bookseller Robert Littlebury, ‘an Ingenious man yt hath taken paines to keep an alphibiticall Register of most books & prices yt have been sold in our London Auctions, And in one Voets Auction found this booke [lot 250 of ‘Libri Historici, Philosophici, Mathematici, &c. So I’m hoping that quite a few of these early readers wrote their names in the front of their copy, and wrote comments in the margins agreeing or disagreeing with Hooke.We already know that the book was extremely successful.His purchases from auctions and booksellers have already been studied; to these we are able to add further information regarding the catalogues associated with these auctions, as well with the surviving lists of Some details about the books that were presented to Hooke by friends or the authors themselves are also noted. Auctions It may be of scholarly interest to be able to identify not only the books Hooke purchased but also the ones that were available to him and that he did not acquire for various reasons. Pollard, (London: Printed by Order of the Trustees [of the British Museum], 1915), pp. Due to the period it covers Hooke’s own manuscript list of auctions (MS Sloane 1039, fols.
but has been attributed to Hooke through his acquisition note on A2r as well as the handwriting of the inserted manuscript folios; see Mandelbrote, ‘Sloane’s Purchases’, pp. Hooke’s inscription indicates that the catalogue was given to him by ‘M does not include is Haex’s dictionary, signalling perhaps an impromptu purchase decision on the day of the auction. On Lapthorne’s connection to this auction, see Treadwell, ‘Richard Lapthorne’, pp. We are grateful to Liam Sims at the Rare Books Department, University of Cambridge, for his help in identifying the book and for the reference to Bullord’s auction catalogue; the latter (ESTC citation no. but has been attributed to Hooke through his acquisition note on A2r as well as the handwriting of the inserted manuscript folios; see Mandelbrote, ‘Sloane’s Purchases’, pp. Hooke’s inscription indicates that the catalogue was given to him by ‘M (London: Harper Perennial, 2003), pp. diss., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2001). Did you ever find a book so fascinating you wanted to look at every copy in the world?Put that way I guess it sounds a bit mad, but that’s exactly what I’m planning on doing.I would be interested to know whether the early buyers were mainly members of the early-modern scientific community, like Christiaan Huygens, whose copy has some interesting annotations, or whether it appealed to people with broader literary interests.I assume the latter is true, but it would be good to have some evidence of the range of early buyers.
Cambridge, Massachusetts, is not far behind with nine copies in libraries there.