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    Venterus Mandey, James Moxon. Mechanick Powers: ... Mistery Of Nature and Art Unvail'd. London: 1696. .

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    Venterus Mandey and James Moxon. Mechanick Powers: Or, The Mistery Of Nature and Art Unvail'd. London: Printed for the Authors, 1696.

    First edition. Quarto. (2), a4, B-2S4. (12), 315, (4) pages. Sixteen (out of seventeen) folding plates, lacks final folding plate, supplied in fine facsimile. Modern antique paneled calf, with ink title to paper label on spine. Two old ink signatures to top of title page, "John Thomas, 1749" and "Clifton". Small corner torn off at top right of title page, no affect. Light damp stains to lower right corner, no affect to plates. Some light foxing, occasional soiling, few edge tears and minor paper loss with not affecting text or illustrations. Very good. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    James Moxon (fl. 1647-96) was, perhaps, Joseph Moxon's younger brother; he was established in a shop in Edinburgh at Low Ord's Close. (See Taylor on the confusions of the elder and younger James Moxons.) Baillie says he was a fellow of the Royal Society and hydrographer to the King. He worked with Venturus Mandey who was a mathematical teacher and author of Mellificium Mensionis: Or, the Marrow of Measuring, a title based on masonry and measurement. Mandey collected a large library of mathematical books, which was sold by auction after his death, and lived in Bloomsbury Market at the Red Hart in Hart Street where he sold his books.

    They mention the Stackfreed regulator, which Baillie notes "is the earliest mention of it, and, I believe, the only mention in early literature." 

    Wing M418. Bromley 562. Tardy 169. Baillie 124. Mathematical Practioners of Tudor & Stuart England 419 & 223.

     



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