[with English translation] William Gilbert of Colchester, Physician of London. On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth [translation by the founder-members of the Gilbert Club, edited by Silvanus Thompson]. London: Chiswick Press, 1900, folio, illustrations throughout, 250 copies printed, original vellum with green woven ties, [T&W G44; Instruments in print 59]
Gilbert's De magnete was the first major English scientific treatise based on experimental methods of research and influenced Kepler (in his Astronomia nova of 1609), Bacon, Boyle, Newton and Galileo, who referred to it in his Dialogo.
"The importance of magnetic phenomena in the development of modern computing machinery, particularly storage media, can hardly be overstated. Magnetic tape, magnetic drums, magnetic cores and magnetic discs have served as essential memory elements in both early and recently developed computer systems" (Tomash & Williams).
There are two ink emendations on p.11 (of the Greek text), but there are no corrections to pp. 22, 47 and 63, suggesting that this was an early copy from the press, issued before those mistakes were noticed.
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