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Hales (Stephen) Vegetable Staticks: Or, An Account of some Experiments on the Sap in Vegetables, first edition, 19 engraved plates, title stained, some foxing, contemporary panelled calf, rubbed, joints cracked, spine ends chipped, [cf. PMM 189], Printed for W. and J. Innys...and T. Woodward, 1727; Statical Essays, 2 vol., mixed set, vol.1 (i.e. Vegetable Staticks) third edition, vol.2 first edition, vol.1 with 19 engraved plates, occasional foxing and soiling, contemporary calf, worn, 1738-33; La Statique des Vegetaux, first French edition, translated by Buffon, 20 folding engraved plates on 10 sheets, some marginal damp-staining, contemporary calf, head of spine chipped, Paris, 1735, 8vo and 4to (4)

⁂ Hales' important and pioneering works which influenced de Saussure, Black, Lavoisier and Priestley inter alia. "He was the first to realize that carbon dioxide was supplied to plants by the air and formed a vital part of the plant's food supply...He was also a pioneer of public health. He supported the temperance movement and was responsible for the introduction of the 'gin laws'. He was the inventor of artificial ventilation...he developed methods for measuring unfathomable depths, for distilling fresh water from the sea, and for the preservation of meat and water on voyages." (PMM).

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Hales (Stephen) Vegetable Staticks: Or, An Account of

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing
220 Queenstown Road
London, SW8 4LP
United Kingdom
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