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Norman, Robert (1536-1599)
THE NEW ATTRACTIVE. CONTAINING A SHORT DISCOURSE OF THE MAGNES OR LOADSTONE... HEREUNTO ARE ANNEXED CERTAINE NECESSARY RULES FOR THE ARTE OF NAVIGATION... NEWLY CORRECTED AND AMENDED BY M.W.B[OROUGH]. LONDON: E. ALLDE FOR HEW ASTLEY, 1592
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Norman, Robert (1536-1599)
THE NEW ATTRACTIVE. CONTAINING A SHORT DISCOURSE OF THE MAGNES OR LOADSTONE... HEREUNTO ARE ANNEXED CERTAINE NECESSARY RULES FOR THE ARTE OF NAVIGATION... NEWLY CORRECTED AND AMENDED BY M.W.B[OROUGH]. LONDON: E. ALLDE FOR HEW ASTLEY, 1592
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Norman, Robert (1536-1599)
THE NEW ATTRACTIVE. CONTAINING A SHORT DISCOURSE OF THE MAGNES OR LOADSTONE... HEREUNTO ARE ANNEXED CERTAINE NECESSARY RULES FOR THE ARTE OF NAVIGATION... NEWLY CORRECTED AND AMENDED BY M.W.B[OROUGH]. LONDON: E. ALLDE FOR HEW ASTLEY, 1592
[Borough, William] A discourse of the variation of the compasse, or magneticall needle... and is to be annexed to the New attractive. London: E. Allde for Heugh Astley, 1562 [1592]

Third edition, 2 parts in one volume, 4to (192 x 137mm.), titles within typographic border, woodcut illustrations and diagrams, tables, colophon leaf at end of first part, late eighteenth-century half calf, occasional slight damp-staining, binding slightly worn


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Provenance

John Scott (1830-1903) and Robert Lyons Scott (1871-1939), shipbuilders, the latter’s gift in 1921 to The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Scott Library Collection, book label; Christie's, Scott Library sale, 4-5 December 1974, lot 354, £1,900, Traylen; bought from Pickering & Chatto, London, 1989

Bibliographie

Tomash & Williams N44 (and B210); Adams & Waters 2703; ESTC S94496; STC 18649; Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Catalogue of the Scott Collection, compiled by Betty Cooper (London, 1954), nos. 36-37

Description

VERY RARE AT AUCTION. Apart from the present copy, only the highly imperfect
Honeyman copy has been seen in the salerooms these past fifty years.

"This book has been called one of the first truly scientific books published in England. It is the first English work devoted to the use of the compass, and it contains Norman's proposal for a magnetic field of force acting independently of matter - one of the most important concepts in the history of science. William Gilbert credits Norman with the discovery of the phenomenon of dip of the magnetic needle" (Tomash & Williams).

Borough's work is always found as the second part of Norman's New attractive.

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