Boyle Papers Volume 9
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).
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Fols. 1-12 (12 leaves): Sections of text relating to essay on experience, reason and authority, and ancillary items.
Fols. 13-16 (4 leaves): Parts of the 'Essay of the Discernment of Suppositions'.
Fols. 17-18 (2 leaves): Further material relating to essay on experience, reason and authority.
Fols. 19-21 (3 leaves): Prescriptions for the organization of science, etc.
Fol. 22 (1 leaf): List of things to remember.
Fols. 23-4 (2 leaves): Prefatory statements relating to 'Observations about the Use of Reason in Natural Philosophy'.
Fol. 25 (1 leaf): Propositions on sense, reason and authority.
Fols. 26-9 (4 leaves): Sections of text, mainly prefatory material to various works.
Fols. 30-4 (5 leaves): Material intended for 'The Uses and Extent of Experience, Reason and authority in Natural Philosophy'.
Fols. 35-41 (7 leaves): Material relating to appendix to Final Causes, interspersed by section of text on use of experiment (fols. 38-9).
Fol. 42 (1 leaf): MS version of part of Christ. Virt., I, Appendix.
Fols. 43-4 (2 leaves): 'A Fragment of the Aspiring Naturalist: A Philosophicall Romance'.
Fols. 45-8 (4 leaves): Prefatory material to 'Paralipomena'.
Fols. 49-60 (12 leaves): Miscellaneous papers, including sections of text relating to imperfections of natural history, use of experiments, etc., and lists of 'Probatory' and 'Exploratory' Experiments (fol. 52).
Fol. 61 (1 leaf): Material relating to Usefulness.
Fols. 62-75 (14 leaves): Further material relating to the use of reason and experience in natural philosophy, interspersed by miscellaneous papers, including 'Advertisement' to 'Cogitationes Physicæ' (fol. 68).
Fols. 76-7 (2 leaves): MS version of preface to General History of Air.
Fol. 78 (1 leaf): Note on experiment concerning water from a 'martial spring'.
Fol. 79 (1 leaf): Preface to work on magnetism of earth.
Fol. 80 (1 leaf): List of 'Experiments about Qualitys'.
Fols. 81-2 (2 leaves): 'A description of the true Thermometer'.
Fols. 83-91 (9 leaves): Miscellaneous sections of text and lists.
Fols. 92-5 (4 leaves): Copies of papers surviving elsewhere in volume.
Fols. 96-128 (17 leaves): Further material relating to the use of reason and experience in natural philosophy, including pasted up slips, and interspersed by miscellaneous papers.
Fol. 129 (1 leaf): Material relating to appendix to Final Causes.
Fols. 130-61 (32 leaves): Incomplete Latin theological essay.
Fols. 162-3 (2 leaves): Part of unpublished 'Essay XIII' of Usefulness.
Fols. 164-5 (2 leaves): Unpublished Latin translation of part of Exp & Obs Physicae.
Fols. 166-70 (5 leaves): 'Relationes Physicae continued' [Workdiary 32].
Fol. 172 (1 leaf): MS version of part of Mechanical Qualities.
Fols. 173-4 (2 leaves): Fragment of the MS of Henry Oldenburg's published Latin translation (1676) of 'New Experiments about the Preservation of Bodies in Vacuo Boyliano' (Hidden Qualities).
Fols. 175-7 (3 leaves): Fragment of Henry Oldenburg's published Latin translation (1676) of 'Causes of Attraction by Suction' (Hidden Qualities).
Fols. 178-80 (3 leaves): Unpublished Latin translation of part of Medicina Hydrostatica.
Fols. 181-2 (2 leaves): Unpublished Latin translation of part of Exp. et Obs. Physicae.
Fol. 183 (1 leaf): Latin translation of experiment on the loadstone, related to ch. 1 of Exp. et Obs. Physicae.
Fols. 184-90 (7 leaves): Unpublished Latin translation of most of preface to Reason and Religion.
Fols. 191-204 (14 leaves): MS version of 'Essay of the Porousness of Solid Bodies', Porosity, chapter VIII.
Fols. 205-10 (6 leaves): MS version of part of Things above Reason.
Fols. 211-18 (8 leaves): Fragment of 'Dialogue on Heat and Flame'.
Fols. 219-22 (4 leaves): MS version of part of Things above Reason.
Fols. 223-52 (30 leaves): Letter in Italian from Lorenzo Magalotti to Boyle.