The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London - Lisa JardineLondon: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2003, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly sunned at the spine. Previous owners' name to the verso first blank.
Contains: Colour plates; Black & white plates; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “The brilliant, largely forgotten maverick Robert Hooke was an engineer, surveyor, architect and inventor who was appointed London’s Chief Surveyor after the Great Fire of 1666. Throughout the 16708 he worked tirelessly with his intimate friend Christopher Wren to rebuild London. He was the first Curator of Experiments at the Royal Society, and author and illustrator of Micrograpbia, a lavishly illustrated volume of fascinating engravings of natural phenomena as seen under the new microscope. He designed an early-balance spring watch, was a virtuoso performer of public anatomical dissections of animals, and kept himself going with liberal doses of cannabis and poppy water (laudanum).
Hooke’s personal diaries — as cryptically confessional as anything Pepys wrote — record a life rich with melodrama. He never married, but became indecorously close to his beloved niece, Grace. A dandy, boaster, insomniac and inveterate socializer in London’s most fashionable circles, Hooke’s irascible temper proved fatal for his relationships with men of influence, most notably with Sir Isaac Newton, who, after one violent row, wiped Hooke’s name from the Royal Society records.
In this lively and absorbing biography illuminating a major figure of the seventeenth-century intellectual and scientific revolution, Lisa Jardine sets out to do Hooke and his manifold achievements justice.”