Item #276 [Science for children]. Philosophy In Sport Made Science in Earnest; Being an Attempt to Illustrate the First Principles of Natural Philosophy by the Aid of Popular Toys and Sports. John Ayrton Paris.

[Science for children]. Philosophy In Sport Made Science in Earnest; Being an Attempt to Illustrate the First Principles of Natural Philosophy by the Aid of Popular Toys and Sports.

London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. [Cruikshank, George, ill.]. New edition [second edition]. Intended for children and originally composed for the author’s family, this three-volume work about science was first published in 1827. Originally published anonymously, in later editions authorship was credited to Paris. Dedicated to the writer Maria Edgeworth, it aims “to blend amusement with instruction”, which Paris states Edgeworth has “satisfactorily demonstrated” in her own novels. Topics covered in volume 1 include momentum, geometry, elasticity, and rotatory motion, demonstrated using a yo-yo, a jack-in-the-box, and a slingshot, among other toys and games. A fascinating work in science education, the work seeks to prove “how profitably, and agreeably, the machinery of fiction may be worked for the dissemination of truth.” Additionally, this work is a part of the Cruikshank canon as he contributed several woodcuts.

8vo. 3 vols. Cohn 599 (for first the edition).
About very good in publisher’s grayish boards with paper spine labels, with some spotting and staining particularly to vol. II, tear to the foot of vol. I spine, boards & spines rubbed particularly to head & foot, contents clean. Item #276

Price: $200.00

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