[JUVENILE SCIENCE]. [PARIS, Dr. J.A. (author)]. Philosophy In Sport Made Science In Earnest: being an attempt to implant in the young mind the first principles of natural philosophy by the aid of the popular toys and sports of youth. London; John Murray. 1857.
8vo. Original terracotta cloth with decorative blind-stamped panels to sides, lettered in gilt to spine, top edge rough, others uncut; pp. [ix], x-xvii + [i], -532 + 32 (publisher's catalogue); with engraved title, frontispiece, and diagrams throughout; a very nice copy with a little soiling to spine and a couple of tiny closed splits to head; internally fresh and crisp throughout.
Eighth edition: "revised and considerably enlarged, with several additional chapters, and a copious index", dedicated to the author's friend Michael Faraday. The first edition of this work appeared in 1827. A truly fascinating window on the world of science and for children, presented as narrative fiction, with sections on gravity, weight, motion science and force, compound forces, rotatory motion, the workings of a modern pump, kite construction, the shuttlecock, the weather, ancient and modern music, poetry, apparitions and fairies, the speaking trumpet, and so much more. The book includes an 84-page section of Notes addressed "to parents and preceptors and those advanced in science" which presents an eclectic range of information in more detail, including explanations of "How to poise an egg on its end" and accounts of the Jew's harp, the electrical telegraph and "flying by artificial wings".