Boyle Papers Volume 26
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.
Fols. 1-2 (2 leaves): 'A Philosophicall Diary begun Sept. the 20th' [Workdiary 17]
Fol. 3 (1 leaf): 'Distinguish'd Experiments Or more Private Observations Continu'd from 7ber the 29th 1688/9' [Workdiary 39].
Fols. 4-5 (2 leaves): Fragment of an experiment on heating chemicals in vacuo.
Fols. 6-12 (7 leaves): Miscellaneous papers, including observations and fragments of text.
Fols. 13-25 (13 leaves): 'Preliminar[y] Relation of the Mines in Scotland in Generall'.
Fols. 26-28 (3 leaves): MS version of preface to General History of Air.
Fol. 29 (1 leaf): List of titles for General History of Air.
Fol. 30 (1 leaf): Superseded version of preface to 'Salubrity of Air' (Languid Motion).
Fol. 31 (1 leaf): List of titles for General History of Air.
Fol. 32 (1 leaf): 'A Small Stone of the Kinde called by some Authors Oculus Mundi, being dry & clowdy weighed': table of weights of the stone when dry, wet, etc.; and experiment on it.
Fol. 33-6 (4 leaves): 'Promiscuous Collections out of Parrac his fourth Tome': numbered observations on chemical matters.
Fols. 37-44 (8 leaves): Further chemical notes and memoranda.
Fol. 45v (1 leaf): 'The Titles of the (Naturall and Experimental) History of the Air'.
Fol. 46 (1 leaf): List of titles for Human Blood.
Fols. 47-8 (2 leaves): Copy of published text of 'Natural History of a Country'.
Fols. 49-52 (4 leaves): Titles for Natural Histories of Water and Sea.
Fol. 53 (1 leaf): MS version of title III, experiment III, of 'Respiration' (Phil. Trans., 1670).
Fols. 54-63 (10 leaves): Miscellaneous accounts of experiments and sections of text.
Fols. 64-5 (2 leaves): 'Chap: XII', dealing with solution of simultaneous linear equations.
Fols. 66-7 (2 leaves): Extracts from workdiaries.
Fols. 68-74 (7 leaves): Miscellaneous sections of text, dealing with fire, heat and smoke (fols. 68-71, 74), and hydrostatic phenomena (fols. 72-3).
Fols. 75-6 (2 leaves): 'Enquirys about Lime'.
Fol. 77 (1 leaf): Unknown correspondent to Boyle.
Fols. 78-89 (12 leaves): Extracts from workdiaries and pasted down sections of text, recipes and memoranda.
Fol. 90 (1 leaf): Enquirys and Tryalls about Insects & sponteneata.
Fols. 91-5 (5 leaves): 'De Centro Gravitatis' and 'De Libra'.
Fols. 96-9 (4 leaves): [Workdiary 15, part 2].
Fols. 100-4 (6 leaves): Miscellaneous recipes, etc.
Fols. 105-8 (4 leaves): Miscellaneous sections of text, including MS version of experiment XX, second trial, of Spring, 1st Continuation (fol. 106).
Fols. 109-114 (6 leaves): Account of van Leeuwenhoek's microscopical observations and of mechanical apparatus.
Fol. 115 (1 leaf): MS version of part of Ex. & Obs. Physicae.
Fol. 116 (1 leaf): Extract from letter concerning barometric observations of tides.
Fols. 117-18 (2 leaves): 'L'arte maestra d'Agrocultura in segna a moltiplicare il raccolto delle semenze'.
Fols. 119-24 (6 leaves): MS version of parts of Spring, 1st Continuation.
Fol. 125 (1 leaf): Fragment of unpublished Latin translation by Henry Oldenburg of Spring, 1st Continuation.
Fol. 126 (1 leaf): Account of phenomenon in letter by 'Mr J.M.' to 'T.H.'
Fols. 127-8 (2 leaves): 'To prepare a balance to measure the bulk of bodyes by the help of water'.
Fol. 129 (1 leaf): Fragment of Boyle's 'Essay on Spontaneous Generation'.
Fols. 130-2 (3 leaves): MS version of part of Usefulness, II, sect. 2.
Fols. 133-4 (2 leaves): Unpublished Latin translation of part of Ex. & Obs. Physicae.
Fols. 135-6 (2 leaves): Superseded version of part of 'History of Fluidity' (Certain Physiological Essays).
Fols. 137-8 (2 leaves): [Workdiary 30, part 2].
Fols. 139-42 (4 leaves): Miscellaneous recipes, etc., including 'The Vernish for Gilding Picture-Frames' in hand of John Evelyn.
Fols. 143-53 (11 leaves): Unpublished Latin translation of part of Ex. & Obs. Physicae.
Fols. 154-61 (8 leaves): 'Sectio II'.
Fols. 162-75 (14 leaves): 'Essay the [...] Of the Atomicall Philosophy'.
Fols. 176-81 (6 leaves): Latin list of Boyle's works, 1661-87.
Fols. 182-9 (8 leaves): French translation of chs. 1-2 of Basil Valentin's Tractatus Chymico-Philosophicus de Rebus Naturalibus et Supernaturalibus (Frankfurt, 1676), and 'Advis au Lecteur'.
Fols. 190-2 (3 leaves): Transcript of German treatise, 'Bereitung des Stein Ignis'.
Fols. 193-4 (2 leaves): Synopses of parts of Usefulness.
Fols. 195-6 (2 leaves): MS version of parts of Icy Noctiluca.
Fol. 197 (1 leaf): MS version of part of Spring, 1st Continuation.
Fols. 198-9 (2 leaves): MS version of part of Porosity.
Fol. 200 (1 leaf): (a) MS version of part of Flame and Air and (b) section of text on effluviums.
Fol. 201 (1 leaf): MS version of part of Things above Reason.
Fols. 202-3 (2 leaves): Reply to comments by a critic of Spring of Air, probably Francis Line.
Fol. 204 (1 leaf): MS version of part of Cold.
Fols. 205-6 (2 leaves): 'New Experiments further elucidating The Nature of the Air Water & other Bodies' submitted to Royal Society, in reply to Boyle's pneumatic experiments, by 'J.W. gent.'.
Fol. 207 (1 leaf): Unpublished experiment relating to Spring, 1st Continuation.
Fols. 208-16 (9 leaves): Miscellaneous descriptions and lists of experiments, recipes and sections of text, some pasted down: includes diagrams of retorts, furnace, etc., experiment with white clay (fol. 210).
Fol. 217 (1 leaf): 'Experiments proposed to be made in Mr Boyles Pneumatick Engine'.
Fols. 218-20 (3 leaves): Account of 'Some of Dr Elzholtz's curious and usefull Experiments' and Latin paper giving formula for calculation.
Fol. 221v (1 leaf): List of titles for General History of Air.
Fols. 222-3 (2 leaves): MS version of preface to General History of Air.
Fol. 224 (1 leaf): Drawing of furnace.
Fol. 225 (1 leaf): List of things to remember.
Fol. 226 (1 leaf): Details of costs of smelting silver in Cardinganshire.