Acta societatis regiae scientiarum Upsaliensis ad annum MDCCXL (-MDCCXLII)

Stockholm Laurentius Salvius 1744-1748 4to. (27.5 x 19.5 cm.) Vellum spine with blue paper boards. Ink label on panel; raised bands. Collation: [4], 132; [4], 122, [2 (errata)]; [4], 128 p. There are 10 copper engravings (5, 2, 3) with four folding. One of the engravings is by Ehret. There are woodcut initials and diagrams in the text. Loss to lower half of spine. Covers are in good condition with only minor bumping on corners. This volume contains 3 separate issues of the journal bound together. There is also a small rust hole in I3 of the 3rd section with loss to two letters. Internal condition is generally good with only occasional spotting. Bookplate (front paste down) and embossed amoral coat of arms (on first title page) for Earls of Macclesfield are present. This is a large paper copy with some browning at top of pages and occasional spotting and minor foxing. Each issue of the journal has a small copper engraving by Erik Geringius at the beginning with two cupids, one looking through a telescope and the other reaching toward the rays of a star. The inscription in the lower center is Collecta refundit ("collecting together"). Besides articles by Linnaeus (4) including one on orchids and another on lobelia, and 4 by Gronovius (4) on fish, there are 4 articles (2 of which are on solar eclipses) by the Swedish mathematician, Samuel Klingenstierna, an article on trachea by the Finnish physician Helmut D. Sporing, 2 articles by the astronomer Peter W. Wargentin, on movement of Jupiter moons, 2 article by Albert Haller and various astronomical observations. There is also an article by Charles (Carlo) De Geer (entomologist) on Parvulis Insectis. Very Good 1/4 vellum (Item ID: 0000101)


These bound issues of the official publication Acta for the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala contain some of the first articles by noted member scientists. The articles Wargentin were the first he wrote and provided important information on the movement of moons around Jupiter. Wargentin even went on to have a crater on earth's moon named after him. The article by De Geer is his first publication as a new member of the Society, being elected at the age of 19 in 1739. He subsequently went on to publish major works on insects modeling his treatises after Reamur. (Soulsby 298, 396, 416 & 930)

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