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Epistle of Peter Peregrinus of Maricourt to Sygerus of Foncaucourt, Soldier, concerning the Magnet. Translated by Silvanus P. Thompson. (Presentation copy, inscribed by Thompson to William Fletcher Barrett, F.R.S., 1844-1925, with an A.L.S.)

PEREGRINUS, Petrus [Peter of Maricourt] [THOMPSON, Silvanus P. 1851-1916]:

Editorial: London: Chiswick Press, 1902., 1902
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First modern Edition in English of Epistolae de Magnete (1st Latin ed., 1269), hand-rubricated copy no. 77 of 250. Presentation copy, inscribed by Thompson to William Fletcher Barrett (1844-1925), offered with a one-page A.L.S. from Thompson to Barrett concerning another edition of Peregrinus' work. The translation is based on the printed Latin editions of 1448, 1868 and 1898, and on a manuscript version in Thompson's possession. 16 leaves; large hand-illuminated initial 'A'; hand-rubricated throughout in red and blue (colophon states 'Rubricated by T.T.', identified as T. Thomas in the accompanying bookseller's notation); 3 woodcuts printed in red ink. Original linen-backed printed boards. Wear to linen spine, leaving the sewing visible (it has the appearance of having been issued this way, almost like a sewn pamphlet, but I believe the stitching would have originally been covered by the linen). Else Very Good. 'The Epistola ranks as one of the most impressive scientific treatises of the Middle Ages. . Not only did Peregrinus bring together virtually all the relevant, contemporary knowledge on magnetism, but he obviously added to it and, of the greatest importance, organized the whole into a science of magnetism. He formulated rules for the determination of magnetic polarity, which then enabled him to enunciate rules for attraction and repulsion, all of which would today form the basis of an introductory lesson on magnetism' (D.S.B.). 'The thirteen chapters into which the letter is divided form the most original, extensive and important treatise on the magnet prior to Gilbert's De Magnete' (Wheeler Gift Catalogue 46c). Mottelay, Bibliographical History of Electricity and Magnetism, pp. 45–54. Inscribed: 'to my good friend:-/W. F. Barrett, F.R.S./with king regards-/Silv. P. Thompson Nov. 1906.' Barrett knew Faraday; in the Preface to his Michael Faraday (1872), J. H. Gladstone includes Barrett's fond recollections of Faraday. 'Barrett's dedication to pedagogical and charitable causes certainly help explain why, compared with such contemporaries as Lodge and S. P. Thompson, he published little original research . W. F. Barrett, 'On the luminosity of the magnetic field and of certain human beings', in L'état actuel des recherches psychique d'après les trauvaux des IIme Congrès International tenu à Varsovie en 1923 (Paris, 1924), 169–73, and Barrett to S. P. Thompson, 13 April [1910?], S. P. Thompson Papers, Imperial College Library, London, no. 24. This letter showed Barrett's interest in his friend S. P. Thompson's evidence for the effect that Lindsay and Varley failed to detect: Thompson, 'A physiological effect of an alternating magnetic field', Philosophical transactions, ser. B, lxxxii (1909–10), 396–8' (Richard Noakes, THE 'BRIDGE WHICH IS BETWEEN PHYSICAL AND PSYCHICAL RESEARCH': WILLIAM FLETCHER BARRETT, SENSITIVE FLAMES, AND SPIRITUALISM', Hist. Sci., xlii, 2004). '[Barrett]discovered Stalloy, a silicon-iron alloy used in electrical engineering. He also did research work on the divining rod, and helped found the Society for Psychical Research. Barrett was Professor of Physics at Dublin University' (Wikipedia). N° de ref. de la librería 16500

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Título: Epistle of Peter Peregrinus of Maricourt to ...

Editorial: London: Chiswick Press, 1902.

Año de publicación: 1902

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