image MS_776_426
Image number: RS.17391
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Measuring the difference of the weight of liquors

Date

10 June 1663

Creator

Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p426

Material

Dimensions

height (page): 320mm
width (page): 200mm

Subject

Physics
   > Mechanics

Description

Small drawing in the text of a glass vial to measure the difference of the weight of liquors, as described by a French visitor, Balthasar de Monconys (1611-1675), who attended the meeting of the Royal Society on 10 June 1663 (Cl.P/6/12/001). Monconys's paper was ordered to be registered (RBO/2i/236, RBO/2ii/157). Another copy of the image can be found at RBC/2/041.

An account of his visit to the Royal Society was published in Monconys's Relation d’un Voyage en Angelterre (1664).

This volume is another copy of entries of the first two volumes of the Register Book. It was given to Sir Joseph Banks by G. S. Heales Esquire of Doctor's Common on 31 May 1814.

Object history

At the meeting of the Royal Society on 10 June 1663, ‘Mons. Monconys presented the society with two written papers of his; one containing a way of knowing exactly the difference of the weight of liquors, as he had shewed it at the preceding meeting; the other, describing the manner of ordering silk-worms in France. These papers were directed to be registered’ (Birch 1:256).

Birch notes that Monconys, Relation d’un Voyage en Angelterre (1664), pp. 76-86, explains that he was introduced to the Society by Sir Robert Moray, who placed Monconys next to himself and translated the proceedings into French for him. The former account, including the figure, was printed in Birch 1:257-58.

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