Letters on Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, and Other Branches of Science Pertaining to the Material World.
Joyce, [ Jeremiah ].

London: Printed for J. Johnson, and Co., 1810 First edition, a scientific work for young people that explores mechanics, hydrostatics, pneumatics, acoustics, astronomy, electricity, galvanism (or, voltaism), magnetism, chemistry, mineralogy, anatomy, physiology, and botany. The introductory letter is Possibly lacking half-title. Nineteen engraved plates (depicting anatomy, mechanics, etc.), including folding frontispiece. Small hole on pp. 25-26 with loss of a few letters. Minor ink corrections on pp. 97, 102, 103, and 219, which also has a few small red stains. Contemporary ink signature to upper margin of title-page. Engraved armorial bookplates of Edward Oates on front pastedown, Robert Washington Oates on rear pastedown, and William Edward Oates on verso of title-page. A very good, uncut copy of a scarce work. Contemporary marbled boards, rebacked with paper, original spine label laid down. Very light foxing and offsetting. Octavo. 4, xvi, [1, binder instr (Item ID: 16577)


Jeremiah Joyce (1763-1816) was a Unitarian minister and writer. He was a religious and political radical, and became involved with Thomas Hardy and John Horne Tooke of the London Corresponding Society. Given his verbal attacks of the European reaction against the French Revolution, he was arrested at the same time as Hardy’s and Horne Tooke’s treason trials, but was soon acquitted and released. He earned most of his income from his literary output, publishing scientific, mathematical, and religious works (often under the pseudonym “J.J.”); one of his best-known works is Scientific Dialogues (1807) (Oxford DNB)

Edward Oates (1792-1865) was the grandfather of Robert Washington Oates, (1874-1958) an antiquarian bookdealer. Robert established the Oates Memorial Museum, which commemorated his cousin, Captain Lawrence Oates (1880-1912), a member of the Scott’s Antarctic Expedition, and his uncle, Frank Oates (1840-1875), a naturalist and explorer. OCLC lists only two copies.

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