Announcements

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27 October 2016
Alison Walker (the Sloane Printed Books Project, British Library) has located another Hooke book! This time it is John Speed’s 1631 edition of A prospect of the most famous parts of the world . . . bearing Hooke’s inscription that he obtained it from ‘Mr Shortgrave July 20 1669 1.5.0.’ We thank Alison for informing us of her discovery.
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27 January 2016
We thank Boris Jardine (Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge) for alerting us to Hooke’s inscription on a British Library copy of John Collins’ Sector on a Quadrant (London, 1658)!
Only the fragment “The Description of an Universal small Pocket Quadrant” (pages 277-84) from Hooke’s copy has survived but the title page bearing the inscription ‘Rob:Hooke’ (as well as Hans Sloane’s number G 520), it is possible it was purchased separately.
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16 December 2015
Another Hooke book found! Anthony Tedeschi (Curator Rare Books and Fine Printing; Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand) has identified Hooke’s copy of Milton’s Areopagitica (London, 1644) in the Alexander Turnbull Library collection of the National Library of New Zealand. We thank him for letting us know of his discovery.
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30 October 2015
Many thanks to Alison Walker (the Sloane Printed Books Project, British Library) who has informed us of the discovery of another book from Hooke’s collection!
Currently at the British Library (shelfmark 641.a.14.), it is Wilhelm Ernst Tentzel’s Epistola de sceleto elephantino (Gothae, [1696]) bearing the inscription ‘Presented to Robert Hooke Nov 4 1697 by the Royal Society’. It is not listed in the Bibliotheca Hookiana but appears to have made it into Hans Sloane’s collection afterwards.
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April 2015
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