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HOOPER (William). Rational Recreations, in which the principles of numbers and natural philosophy are clearly and copiously elucidated, by a series of easy, entertaining interesting, experiments. Among which are all those commonly performed with the cards.1782

London: Printed for L. Davis, Second edition, corrected, 4 vols., 8vo (225 x 125mm), [4], xvi, 267, [1]; [4], xi, [1], 280; [4], xii, 296; [4], xi, [1], 367, [1]pp., presentation inscription at head of title page of vol. I "W. E. Welby the gift of T[homas] Northmore", 65 hand-coloured folding engraved plates, lower portion of title page and half title to volume I waterstained, some further minor staining to lower margins of text, light browning from turn-ins, cont. half with red morocco title labels, spines rubbed and discoloured, joints cracked but holding. The rare issue with all plates hand-coloured. Volume 1 covers: Arithmetical and mechanical experiments. - volume 2: Experiments in optics, chromatics and acoustics. - volume 3: Electrical and magnetical experiments.- volume 4: Experiments in pneumatics, hydrology, and pyrotechnics, with an appendix of miscellaneous recreations. Provenance: Sir William Earle Welby Gregory, first baronet (d. 1815), of Denton Manor, Lincolnshire. Denton Manor was built in 1879 in the Tudor style, it was short lived, for in January 1906 it was seriously damaged by fire, but with the help of the Grantham fire brigade reinforced by the Duke of Rutland's fire brigade from Belvoir Castle, along with a large crowd of willing helpers, many of the numerous works of art were saved. The house was finally demolished in 1938-9. Toole Stott, 390.

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