1734 · Dresden and Leipzig:
TOTAL PLATES: 152 illus. on 124 engraved plates [lacking 3 pls. in vol. III only]. Modern three-quarter calf over marbled boards, in period style, gilt decorated spine, gilt titles on red and green labels. From the library of Eivind Hassler, Uppsala, with his bookplate. Early bookplate of the Manchester Library. Few pages with slight chipping to outer margins, no effect, some foxing, few plates are browned, few pages with light smudge stains, else a clean, very good copy. First edition. Emmanuel Swedenborg led one of the most remarkable careers in the history of science and philosophy. He mastered natural science and mathematics in his youth, writing some 150 works on scientific subjects. He rigorously sought a comprehensive physical explanation of the world based on mathematical and mechanical principles. Gradually his inquiries turned toward philosophical matters and after a profound mystical experience in 1745 he devoted his reasoning almost entirely to the interpretation of religion. His great work of philosophical studies appeared in 1734. It contained three volumes. In volume one, The Principia, he presented his primary cosmological conclusions. The second volume dealt with iron and steel, and the third volume with copper and brass.
"In April, 1733, Swedenborg obtained leave of absence from his assessorial duties, for nine months, in order to see the above work through the press at Leipsic, where it was printed by Andreas Barthel, and published by Frederick Hekel (whose motto, Dominus providebit, with Hekel's monogram, is on the work). At the expiration of the nine months an extension of leave was granted, to allow the author to see to the completion of his work, which it was estimated would be concluded by April, 1734. Since he returned to Sweden in July, after some further travels in Germany, it appears that the work was completed at the expected time. But we learn from his journal that he reached Halle on March 1, having left Leipsic most probably on the same day. Thus the work must have been finished on or before that date. It had, therefore, been in the press five months, since it was begun on October 5, 1733, and within the same time De Infinito was also printed..." - Hyde, 228-230.
"Swedenborg (1688-1772) philosopher, scientist, mystic, and founder of a sect that bears his name. This collected works is called by Partington, "...HIS MOST IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC WORK." The first work here is the Principia rerum naturalium which was probably conceived as a counterpart to Newton's Principia. "...he sought a comprehensive physical explanation of the world based on mathematical and mechanical principles. While remaining faithful to the general principles of Cartesian natural philosophy. . . Swedenborg elaborated upon them." – DSB.
Provenance: Dr. Eivind Hassler (1939-2009), was a lecturer in chemistry at the, Institute of Chemistry, University of Uppsala. See: World Directory of Crystallographers: And of Other Scientists Employing Crystallographic Methods, edited by Y. Epelboin, (1997), p. 1978. Early (eighteenth century) bookplate of the Manchester Library, United Kingdom.
Ludwig Darmstaedter, Handbuch zur Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften und der Technik, (1908), p. 177; DSB XIII: 179; Ferchl 524f; Hoover Collection 773-775; Hyde 228-230; OCLC 644267264; Claire Parkinson, Breakthroughs: A Chronology of Great Achievements in Science and Mathematics, (1985), p. 151 (for Principia vol.); J.C. Poggendorf, Biographisch-Literarisches Handworterbuch Zur Geschichte Der Exacten Wissenschaften, II: 1056; Waller 11018; Ward and Carozzi 2140; Wheeler Gift 283; Ziegenf/J II: 667ff. [FULL TITLE: [Opera philosophica et mineralia]: [I]: Principia Rerum Naturalium sive Novorum Tentaminum Phaenomena Mundi Elementaris Philosophice Explicandi...[II]: Regnum Subterraneum sive Minerale De Ferro Deque Modis Liquationum Ferri Per Europam Passim In Usum Receptis: Deque Conversione Ferri Crudi In Chalybem. . . [III]: Regnum Subterraneum sive Minerale de Cupro et Orichalco Deque Modis Liquationum Cupri Per Europam Passim In Usum Receptis: De Secretione Ejus Ab Argento: De Conversione in Orichalcum...] (Inventory #: S13121)