De motionibus naturalibus a gravitate pendentibus.

Borelli (Giovanni Alfonso)

De motionibus naturalibus a gravitate pendentibus.

Description: FIRST EDITION, woodcut diagrams and illustrations in the text, sliver missing from top margin of the fourth leaf (no loss of text), a bit of damp-staining at the beginning, pp. [viii], 566, [5], 4to, contemporary or near contemporary vellum over boards, citron lettering piece on spine, sprinkled edges, good

Publication Details: Bologna: Dominici Ferri, 1670

Notes: One of the most important early treatises on fluid mechanics. Borelli 'argues against positive levity, discusses the Torricellian experiment, takes up siphons, pumps, and the nature of fluidity, tries to understand the expansion of water while freezing, and deals with fermentation and other chemical processes' (DSB). 'This work is important as the first treatise on capillarity, and for containing important investigations on the action of capillary tubes, in which the author, inter alia, formulates the law that the height of the ascent of liquids in capillary tubes is inversely proportional to ...more

Bibliography: (Carli-Favaro 78 (329); Cinti 291 (147); De Caro 54; Krivatsy 1577; Riccardi I.159-60; Roberts and Trent p. 42)

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Price: £5,500

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1670

Stock Number: 64758

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