Rare 17th Century English Science Periodical
1693. Item #13
Memoirs for the ingenious. : Containing several curious observations in philosophy, mathematicks, physick, philology, and other arts and sciences. In miscellaneous letters. / By J. De La Crose, E. A. P. January, 1693. London : Printed for H. Rhodes near Bride-land in Fleet-Street ; and J. Harris at the Harrow in the Poultrey, 1693.
Small. 4to, 20 cm x 14.5 cm. Pagination: 33-389 (i. e. 413), 13 unnumbered pages, 1 unnumbered leaf of plates. This is a near complete run of this rare and interesting periodical issue in 12 monthly parts in 1 (vol 1 no. 1 is not present). Modern binding of marbled boards and 1/4 red morocco, later blanks and paste-downs
The work consists of epistolary dialogues between Lacroze and scientists and mathematicians of the day, several being members of The Royal Society. The subjects are varied and fascinating, including using divining wands to find murderers, gravity, the divisibility of matter, unusual biting flys, etc. Interesting and readable insight into English science at the dawn of the Enlightenment.