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  • Volume 2
  • Volume 8
  • Volume 9
  • Volume 10
  • Volume 17
  • Volume 18
  • Volume 25
  • Volume 26
  • Volume 28
  • Volume 36
  • Volume 38
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    Boyle Papers Volume 2: (Click on the links to view the images for each document)

    Extent: 202 folios
    Date: Late 17th century
    Description: Folio-size volume; foliated; 19th-century contents leaf: Theology.
    Physical description: Manuscript.
    Note: The following wholly blank openings are omitted: fols. 98v-99r, 202v [final page].
    Between fols. 123 and 124 a slip of paper is bound in, called here '123X'; there is a fol. 147X as well as 147.
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    Boyle Papers Volume 8: (Click on the links to view the images for each document)

    Extent: 212 folios
    Date: Late 17th century
    Description: Folio-size volume; foliated; 19th century contents leaf: Philosophy.
    Physical description: Manuscript document
    Note: The following wholly blank openings are omitted: fols. 45v-46r, 212v [final page].
    There is a fol. 192A as well as 192.
    • Fol. 1 (1 leaf): Contents of the (as yet) unpublished parts of Usefulness, endorsed by Henry Oldenburg as having been received by him on 25 April 1666.
    • Fols. 3-28 (26 leaves): `Essay III Containeing a further Declaration of the Usefullnes of Naturall Philosophy by manifesting that Physiologie much conduces to promote the Empire of Man over the Creatures'.
    • Fols. 29-45 (17 leaves): `Notes upon the 27th Section'.
    • Fol. 46v (1 leaf): Untitled list of heads on porosity.
    • Fols. 47-59 (13 leaves): Fragment of original version of Usefulness.
    • Fol. 60 (1 leaf): Title and first two paragraphs of `Essay the VIII: That a Ground of expecting considerable things from Exper Philosophie is given by those things which have been found out by illiterate Trades-men of lighted on by change' (Usefulness).
    • Fol. 61 (1 leaf): Material relating to Usefulness.
    • Fols. 62-3 (2 leaves) : Cover sheets. Fol. 62v endorsed 'Rough Papers belonging to the Vth Essay'; fol. 63, 'Promiscuous Addenda to my severall Treatises' [Title-page of Workdiary 22].
    • Fol. 64v (1 leaf): 'The Order of My Severall Treatises'.
    • Fols. 65-91(27 leaves) : 'Promiscuous Addenda to my severall Treatises' [Workdiary 22, part 1].
    • Fols. 92-116 (25 leaves): 'A Continuation of (Printed) Addenda to my severall Treatises' [Workdiary 22, part 2].
    • Fol. 117 (1 leaf): List of Raymond Lull's books.
    • Fols. 118-22 (5 leaves): 'A Diurnall Miscellaneous Collection, Begun March the 25th 1648/9' [Workdiary 4].
    • Fols. 123-39 (17 leaves): `Of the Study of the Booke of Nature. For the First Section of my Treatise of Occasional Reflections.'
    • Fols. 140-8 (9 leaves): 'A Philosophical Diary. Begun this first of January 1654/5' [Workdiary 12].
    • Fols. 149-52 (4 leaves): MS version of part of Notion of Nature.
    • Fols. 153-9 (7 leaves): MS version of part of Excellency of Theology
    • Fols. 160-4 (5 leaves): Fragment of `Dialogue on the Generation and Transmutation of Metals'.
    • Fols. 165-70 (6 leaves): Sections of 'An Essay of various Degrees or kinds of the Knowledge of natural things' interspersed by material on sense, reason and authority (fols. 167-8).
    • Fol. 171 (1 leaf): Early version of publisher's note to Degradation of Gold.
    • Fols. 172-9 (8 leaves): MS version of experiment XVIII in Spring, 1st Continuation.
    • Fols. 180-3 (4 leaves): Unpublished Latin translation of part of Exp & Obs Physicae.
    • Fols. 184-7 (4 leaves): Sections of 'An Essay of various Degrees or kinds of the Knowledge of natural things' interspersed by 'Explications by real Qualities and substantial Formes' (fol. 186).
    • Fols. 188-9 (3 leaves): Extract from Wallis' Opera Mathematica concerning Euclid.
    • Fols. 190-5 (6 leaves): MS version of section 7 of Essay I of Usefulness, II, sect. 2.
    • Fols. 196-203 (8 leaves): Latin treatise attacking van Helmont in favour of Paracelsus.
    • Fol. 204 (1 leaf): Text concerning 'judiciary astrology' and celestial influences.
    • Fol. 205 (1 leaf): Copy of first three paragraphs of published text of 'Natural History of a Country' (Phil. Trans., 1666).
    • Fols. 206-7 (2 leaves): 'A Fragment of The Aspireing Naturalist (A Philosophical Romance)'.
    • Fols. 208-9 (2 leaves): List of scientific projects/desiderata.
    • Fols. 210-212 (3 leaves): Sections of text, including introductory comments to 'Cogitationes Physicae'
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    Boyle Papers Volume 9: (Click on the links to view the images for each document)

    Extent: 252 folios
    Date: Late 17th century
    Description: Folio-size volume; foliated September 1986, replacing earlier erratic pagination; 19th-century contents leaf: Physiology.
    Physical description: Manuscript
    Note: The following wholly blank openings are omitted: fols. 15v-16r, 29v-30r, 31v-32r, 33v-34r, 47v-48r, 56v-57r, 120v-121r, 123v-124r, 125v-126r, 127v-128r, 170v-171r, 195v-196r.
    There is a fol. 10X as well as a fol. 10. Fol. 115X is a slip pasted to fol. 116; verso blank. Fol. 119 is blank but has a piece of paper (with blank verso) pasted on.
    Fol. 246 misnumbered 245 (i.e., there are two '245's).
      *  Boyle Papers Index
    Boyle Papers Volume 10: (Click on the links to view the images for each document)

    Extent: 169 folios
    Date: Late 17th century
    Description: Folio-size volume; foliated; 19th-century contents leaf: Philosophy
    Physical description: Manuscript

    Note: The following wholly blank openings are omitted: fols. 84v-85r; 134v-135; 169v (final page).
    Fol.12 foliated '12[13]'. There is a fol. 24X as well as 24, 26X as well as 26, 77X as well as 77, 127X as well as 127, and 130X as well as 130. Fol. 146 comprises 2 leaves, here called 'fol. 146a', 'fol. 146b' and 'fol. 146c' (the final verso is blank).
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    Boyle Papers Volume 17: (Click on the links to view the images for each document)

    Extent: 167 folios
    Date: Late 17th century
    Description: Folio-size volume; foliated September 1986, replacing earlier erratic pagination; 19th-century contents leaf: Physiology.
    Physical description: Manuscript
    Note: The final page, fol. 167v, is wholly blank and has been omitted.
    There is a cancelled pagination throughout, which should be ignored. There is an unfoliated title-page ('Medica Prescripta') before fol. 1. There is no fol. 44.'Fols.' 51-8 are paginated, not foliated (i.e., the openings comprise: [pp.] 51, 52-53, 54-55, 56-57, 58-59).
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    Boyle Papers Volume 18: (Click on the links to view the images for each document)

    Extent: 134 folios
    Date: Late 17th century
    Description: Folio-size volume; foliated September 1986, replacing earlier erratic pagination; 19th-century contents leaf: Physiology.
    Physical description: Manuscript
    Note: The following wholly blank openings are omitted: fols. 40v-41r, 44v-45r, 54v-55r, 101v-102r, 134v [final page].
    The foliation is duplicated by an earlier, erratic pagination, which should be ignored.
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    Boyle Papers Volume 25: (Click on the links to view the images for each document)

    Extent: 444 pages
    Date: Late 17th century
    Description: Folio-size volume; paginated; 19th-century contents leaf: Science
    Physical description: Manuscript
    Note: The following wholly blank openings are omitted: pp. 220-221, 262-263, 334-335, 338-339, 408-409, 444 [final page].
    The leaf comprising pp. 337-8 has been folded so as not to protrude from the volume, and '337' has erroneously been written on what is really 338.
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    Boyle Papers Volume 26: (Click on the links to view the images for each document)

    Extent: 226 folios
    Date: Late 17th century
    Description: Folio-size volume; foliated; 19th-century contents leaf: Science
    Physical description: Manuscript.
    Note: The following wholly blank openings are omitted: fols. 49v-50r, 110v-111r, 112v-113r.
    Fols. 84r (middle), 85r (bottom) and 88r (bottom) have slips of paper tipped in with text on both sides. Fol. 102 has part-leaf attached with endorsement on verso.
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    Boyle Papers Volume 28: (Click on the links to view the images for each document)

    Extent: 412 pages
    Date: Late 17th century
    Description: Folio-size volume; paginated; 19th-century contents leaf: Science
    Physical description: Manuscript.
    Note: At p. 296, a slip of paper has been tipped in. Pages 341-2 are accidentally omitted from pagination. At p. 371 a slip of paper has been tipped in with text on both sides.
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    Boyle Papers Volume 36: (Click on the links to view the images for each document)

    Extent: 209 folios
    Date: Late 17th century
    Description: Folio-size volume; foliated; 19th-century contents leaf: Miscellaneous.
    Physical description: Manuscript.
    Note: The following wholly blank openings are omitted: 17v-18r, 41v-42r, 64v-65r, 67v-68r, 76v-77r, 174v-175r, 209v (final leaf).
    Fol. 164 has flap pasted in, with text on verso; it is referred to as 164(a)v); the same is true of fols. 203(b), 204(e), 207(b).
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    Boyle Papers Volume 38: (Click on the links to view the images for each document)

    Extent: 162 folios
    Date: Late 17th century
    Description: Folio-size volume; foliated; 19th-century contents leaf: Miscellaneous.
    Physical description: Manuscript.
    Note: The final page, fol. 162v, is wholly blank and has been omitted.
    The first slip of paper on fol. 29 has text on verso. There is a fol. 98X as well as a fol. 98.
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