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Robert Boyle: By Himself and His Friends

With a Fragment of William Wotton's 'Lost Life of Boyle'


The Pickering Masters

Editor: Michael Hunter

400pp: 234x156mm: 1994
HB 978 1 85196 085 9: £60/$99

‘An essential source book for all serious students of Boyle and seventeenth century science and should be available in all university libraries.’

Ambix


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The image of the seventeenth-century scientist Robert Boyle owes much to a series of evaluations of him written shortly after his death by men who had known him well, such as John Evelyn, Gilbert Burnet and Sir Peter Pett. These key early appraisals of Boyle by friends and contemporaries were selectively drawn on by Thomas Birch in his 1744 Life of Boyle and, through him, they have influenced all subsequent accounts of Boyle. Some of the most important of these documents – including texts by Burnet and Pett – have never been published.
In this book, these unpublished and, in some cases, previously suppressed texts, provide a new and fuller image of Robert Boyle and allow a revaluation of his life and work. The book includes Boyle's own autobiographical sketch, An Account of Philaretus during his Minority, amongst other early biographical texts, and also contains the hitherto unpublished surviving fragment of an ambitious early life of Boyle by William Wotton.
Introduction
Robert Boyle, An Account of Philaretus During his Minority
Biographical notes dictated by Boyle to his amanuensis, Robin Bacon
The `Burnet Memorandum': notes by Bishop Burnett on an interview with Boyle in which he reflected on episodes in his life (hitherto unpublished)
Gilbert Burnet, A Sermon preached at the Funeral of the Honorable Robert Boyle (1692)
Sir Peter Pett's notes on Boyle (hitherto unpublished)
John Evelyn's letters to William Wotton
James Kirkwood's letter to William Wotton
Chapter from William Wotton's Life of Boyle (hitherto unpublished)
  • ‘An essential source book for all serious students of Boyle and seventeenth century science and should be available in all university libraries.’

    Ambix

ISBNs: 9781851960859 978-1-85196-085-9

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