London: Alexander Lyon, 1732. Second Edition Corrected. Original brown calf leather with 5 bands on spine, housed in custom clam shell box. SIGNED three times "Chr Wren Junr / Chr Wren 1734 / Ch Wren". Christopher Wren (the Junior, son of Britains National Treasure, Architect, Mathematician, Anatomist.), 7.5" x4.5", pp. xi, 1-371 with one page of advertisement for Pitcarnii Epigramus. Original calf leather is mottled and worn, front cover expertly reattached, two chips at top of spine, only spotted gilt remaining on five raised bands. Text block is still relatively tight with only minimal light browning some edges and occasional foxing. Five raised bands with sewn on cords. The highlight of this book is the three signatures. "Chr Wren Junr" on upper right of fep with restoration rice paper down the right margin. Then signed again 2+ times on ffp. Once as "Chrr Wren 1734" (second "r" superscript) in the top center, and "Ch Wren [with a shadow of lighter pen ink failure]" about one inch below.
Christopher Wren [Jr] (1675 - 1747) was the first surviving son of Sir Christopher Wren and his first wife, Faith Coghill. He was educated at Eton and Pembroke Hall, but did not earn a degree. He was elected a member of the Royal Society in 1693. Wren worked for his father as a clerk-of-works from 1702-'16. He represented Windsor in Parliament from 1713-'15. After he lost this post he semiretired to a life of a country gentleman at Wroxall Abbey in Warwickshire. Wren collected documents about his father which were published after death by his own son, Stephen, in 1750 as Parantalia. Wren Jr's particular talent was as a numismatist, having published Numismatum Antiquorum Sylloge, London, 1708.
Sir Christopher Wren [Sr.] (1632 - 1723), English anatomist, astronomer, and mathematician-physicist, as well as one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history. He was accorded responsibility for rebuilding 52 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666, including what is regarded as his masterpiece, St Paul's Cathedral, on Ludgate Hill, completed in 1710. Educated in Latin and Aristotelian physics at the University of Oxford, Wren was a founder of the Royal Society (president 1680–1682), and his scientific work was highly regarded by Isaac Newton and Blaise Pascal. Very good. Item #1359
"Conquerers are a species between good Kings and Tyrants, but partake rather of the last, and have a great degree of reputation." (p iv).