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    Histoire des Mathématiques, dans laquelle on rend compte de leur progrès depuis leur origine jusqu'à nos jours; où l'on expose le tableau et le développement des principales découvertes dans toutes les parties des Mathématiques, les contestations qui se sont élévées entre les Mathématiciens, et les principaux traits de la vie des plus célèbres by MONTUCLA, Jean Étienne

    Two fine engraved frontis. ports. & 45 folding engraved plates. Four vols. Large thick 4to, orig. blueish grey boards (extremities a little worn), uncut, orig. printed labels on spines (flaked). Paris: H. Agasse, 1799-1802. Second edition, improved and greatly enlarged, of the first classical history of mathematics which is today still indispensable as it contains much information not found elsewhere. This history, which was first published in 1758, is considered to be the author's masterpiece. Not only does Montucla provide a comprehensive history of the development of mathematical ideas, but he also includes mechanics, physics, probability, astronomy, music, mathematical geography, and navigation. Montucla (1725-99), died before the last two volumes of the second edition were written. Lalande, his friend from childhood, assisted by others, completed the final two volumes. A very good set in remarkable original condition. &#10087; Smith, History of Mathematics, I, p. 540-"The first modern history of mathematics that may be called a classic.".


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    Discours Admirables, de la Nature des Eaux et Fonteines, tant naturelles qu'artificielles, des metaux, des sels & salines, des pierres, des terres, du feu & des emaux. Avec plusieurs autres excellens secrets des choses naturelles...Le Tout dressé par Dialogues, lesquels sont introduits la theorique & la practique by PALISSY, Bernard

    8 p.l., 361, [23] pp. Small 8vo, cont. flexible vellum, ties gone. Paris: Martin le Jeune, 1580. First edition, and a splendid pure copy in its first binding, of a rare and important book in the history of chemistry, hydrology, geology, agriculture, etc., etc. Palissy (ca. 1509-89), who is best known for his discovery of the secret of enamelling pottery, was far in advance of his time in scientific ideas. The "Discours admirables, probably incorporates Palissy's Paris lectures. It...deals with an impressive array of subjects: agriculture, alchemy, botany, ceramics, embalming, engineering, geology, hydrology, medicine, metallurgy, meteorology, mineralogy, paleontology, philosophy, physics, toxicology, and zoology. The book is divided into several chapters, the first and longest of which is concerned with water. The others take up metals and their nature and generation; drugs; ice; different types of salts and their nature, effects, and methods of generation; characteristics of common and precious stones; clay and marl; and the potter's art... "Palissy's views on hydrology and paleontology, as expressed in the Discours, are of particular interest. He was one of the few men of his century to have a correct notion of the origins of rivers and streams, and he stated it forcefully, denying categorically that rivers can have any source other than rainfall... "Palissy discussed fossils extensively...[He] held other advanced views. From experimentation he concluded that all minerals with geometric crystal forms must have crystallized in water; his classification of salts was nearly correct; and he suggested the concept of superposition for the development of sedimentary rocks... "Palissy was probably one of the first men in France to teach natural sciences from facts, specimens and demonstrations rather than hypotheses."-D.S.B., X, pp. 280-81. In the eighth section, Palissy investigated the hardness and properties of gems and precious stones. The Discours was written in the form of a dialogue between "Theory" and "Practice" and it is always "Practice" that instructs "Theory." A fine copy in its first binding, preserved in a box. Contemporary signature on title of "G. Passart" (maybe) and with a number of knowledgeable contemporary notes in many margins. This book is extremely rare; Ferguson acquired his copy, now in the University of Glasgow, after years of searching and has written on the flyleaf: "At last, after long, long waiting and watching." It is one of the very few books in Denis Duveen's collection of which he reproduced the title-page in his Bibliotheca Alchemica et Chemica. &#10087; Adams, The Birth and Development of the Geological Sciences, pp. 90, 261, & 446-48. Brunet, IV, 319-20 & Suppl., II, 133-"une pièce aussi intéressante que rare." Duveen, p. 446-"A book of great importance in the history of chemistry and science generally." Geikie, The Founders of Geology, pp. 104 & 118. Hoover 621. Partington, II, pp. 69-77. Zittel, pp. 18 & 132.


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    Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers by Lionel S. Marks

    McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing. Used; Very Good. McGraw-Hill Inc.,US 1978 Hardcover. Previous owner's name is on inside of front and back covers. Jacket has sunning at spine and a 2 inch close tear to front cover, along with other wear at edges. Book Condition: Very Good Jacket Condition; Acceptable . 1978. HARDCOVER.


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    De Motu Corporis attracti in Centrum Immobile Viribus decrescentibus in ratione distantiarum reciproca duplicata in spatiis non resistentibus. Dissertatio by [BOSCOVICH, Ruggero Giuseppe]

    Jesuit woodcut vignette on title & one folding engraved plate. xxx pp., one leaf. Large 4to, attractive modern patterned paper over semi-stiff boards. Rome: "Typis Komarek," 1743. First edition of one of the author's most important works in structural analysis and mechanics, in which "he corrects an error made by Euler."-Whyte, R.J. Boscovich, p. 35 & p. 215 in the bibliography. Fine copy. Mr. Honeyman did not own a copy of this work. &#10087; D.S.B., II, p. 331-selecting this as one of his most significant works. Kurrer, The History of the Theory of Structures, pp. 718-19. Riccardi, I, 174.


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    The Mysteryes of Nature, and Art: Conteined in foure severall Tretises, the first of Water Workes The second of Fyer workes, The third of Drawing, Colouring, Painting, and Engraving, The fourth of divers Experiments, as wel serviceable as delightful: partly collected, and partly of the Authors Peculiar Practice, and Invention by J.B. by [BATE, John]

    Fine added engraved title (a little cropped at foot), woodcut plate between pp. 14 & 15 in the first part (T4), & numerous woodcuts in the text (two slightly cropped). 5 p.l. (incl. added engraved title), 112, [16], 121-142, [3], 150-192 pp. Small 4to, cont. calf (a little rubbed), red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: R. Mab, 1634. First edition and quite uncommon on the market; this is "the first comprehensive illustrated English book on waterworks and hydraulic machinery. It also includes sections on drawing, painting, recipes, and folk remedies, as well as one on fireworks and incendiary devices largely derivative of earlier English and continental works on the subject... "Bate's influence extended to the young Isaac Newton, who owned a copy of Mysteries, copied extracts from Bate's section on drawing, and was probably inspired by his section on waterworks."-ODNB. As a schoolboy, Newton neglected his school work in favor of building mechanical works, including a windmill, a water clock (clepsydras), a cart run by a crank, and an airborne lantern. Many of his contrivances, including those just mentioned, as well as a process for making various colored inks, were found in Bate's Mysteryes (see Westfall's biography of Newton Never at Rest, p. 61). It was a book which fully engaged the youthful Newton's natural precocious interests. Indeed, his fascination with color and the mixing of colors stemmed from Bate's book. "All editions, more particularly the first and third, are moderately rare, and are not readily procurable in really nice state [this was written in 1898]...The first book contains a good many ingenious devices worked by water power. In particular, there is a weather glass, a water clock, force pumps, and other contrivances. The second book deals with pyrotechny...The third book is occupied with drawing and painting, and an account is given both of mediums and of colours...the last book, called 'Extravagants,' is merely a collection of miscellaneous secrets relating chiefly to the metals, and there are a few medical receipts at the end. On the whole the book justifies the demand for it that still exists."-Ferguson, Bibliographical Notes on Histories of Inventions & Books of Secrets, Supplement Four, pp. 11-12. The attractive engraved title depicts eight experiments or effects described in the book. There are about 80 woodcuts in the text, many full-page. A very nice copy of a fascinating book. &#10087; STC 1577.


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    The Elements of Continuum Mechanics by Truesdell, C

    Springer-Verlag New York, Inc, 1966. Large Softcover. Very Good. 2'' tear at head of front wrapper, faint smudge at foot of rear wrapper near spine. 1966 Large Softcover. 279 pp. A presentation of Continuum Mechanics.


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    Centrifugal Pumps and Allied Machinery - 4th Edition by Anderson, Harold

    Oxford: Elsevier Advanced Technology, 1994. Boards. Near Fine. x, [2], 486 pages. Decorated boards. A bright clean copy. Boards. 1st printing of the fourth edition.


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    Traité de Mécanique Céleste by LAPLACE, Pierre Simon, Marquis de

    Folding engraved plate in Vol. IV. Five vols. Large 4to, cont. polished mottled calf (joints & a few corners carefully repaired), spines nicely gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: J.B.M. Duprat & others, An VII [1798]-1825. First edition and a complete set with all the supplements. In this monumental and fundamental astronomical work, Laplace - the "Newton of France" - codified and developed the theories and achievements of Newton, Euler, d'Alembert, and Lagrange. "Laplace maintained that while all planets revolve round the sun their eccentricities and the inclinations of their orbits to each other will always remain small. He also showed that all these irregularities in movements and positions in the heavens were self-correcting, so that the whole solar system appeared to be mechanically stable. He showed that the universe was really a great self-regulating machine and the whole solar system could continue on its existing plan for an immense period of time. This was a long step forward from the Newtonian uncertainties in this respect...Laplace also offered a brilliant explanation of the secular inequalities of the mean motion of the moon about the earth - a problem which Euler and Lagrange had failed to solve...He also investigated the theory of the tides and calculated from them the mass of the moon."-Printing & the Mind of Man 252. A very nice set. Our set has the first state, with the earlier dates, of the titles of Vols. I and II, all the half-titles, and all the supplements. &#10087; Dibner, Heralds of Science, 14. D.S.B., XV, pp. 273-403. En Français dans le Texte 201. Horblit 63. Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, pp. 197-98.


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    Theory and Analysis of Plates : Classical and Numerical Methods by Szilard, Rudolph

    Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1974. First Edition. Boards. Very Good/Good. First Edition. xi, 724 pages. 8vo. Publisher's yellow boards. Yellow, black and white printed dust jacket. Binding sound, corners bumped. Dj is worn at the extremities and lightly faded at the spine panel. Boards. "A self contained book that considers the plate theory from many aspects ; thus it includes static, dynamic, elastic, inelastic, and stability theories. The books main objectives are to serve as a textbook for the graduate students and as a reference book for the practicing structural engineers who must deal with plate-type structures..." (front flap).


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    Collection de Machines, d'Instrumens, Ustensiles, Constructions, Appareils, etc. employés dans l'Economie rurale, domestique et industrielle. D'après les dessins faits dans diverses parties de l'Europe.. by LASTEYRIE DU SAILLANT, Charles Philibert de

    199 finely lithographed plates (the plate "Irrigations, No. 6" in Vol. I was not published). Lithographed title, 48 printed leaves of text including final leaf listing plates; one lithographed leaf of "Prospectus," lithographed title, 45 leaves of text incl. final leaf listing plates. Two parts in one vol. Large 4to, cont. green half-sheep (joints very carefully repaired), spine gilt. Paris, "á l'Etabissement lithographique du Comte de Lasteyrie, Rue du Bac No. 58," 1820-21. First edition of one of the most extensive and important lithographic works published in the early days of the medium. Lasteyrie (1759-1849), agronomist, industrialist, and philanthropist, was much involved in modernizing the agricultural techniques practiced in France. He had taken an interest in lithography almost from the beginning and was, in large part, responsible for making Paris the lithographic center of the world. He established his first lithographic press in Paris in 1815 and did much commercial work for the government, printing of caricatures, vanity projects for the "high society" of the city, and, above all, the drawings of artists and amateurs. The plates, all signed "C. de Last," contain depictions of farm buildings of various sorts; many kinds of fences, barriers, and walls; carriages, wagons, and wheel barrows; farm tools including hoes and rakes; distillation apparatus; bee hives of many sorts; wine-making equipment; irrigation devices including pumps, water raising devices, canals, and ditches; harnesses for horses, cows, and goats; racks to dry crops; bridges; furnaces; mills; baskets to be placed on horses; chicken coops; ladders; trellises; gates; shelves for aging cheeses; dairy equipment; picks and axes; barns; bird houses; silos; designs for stalls for horses and cows; dams; green houses; etc.; etc. A fine and attractive copy. Bookplate of the Chateau de Monbouan. &#10087; Twyman, Lithography, pp. 49-57.


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    On the calorific effects of magneto-electricity, and on the mechanical value of heat by Joule, James Prescott

    London: Taylor, 1843. First edition. Mechanical Equivalent of Heat Joule, James Prescott (1818-1889). On the calorific effects of magneto-electricity, and on the mechanical value of heat. In: London, Edinburgh and Dublin Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, 3rd series, 23 (1843), pp. 263-276, 347-355, 435-455. Whole volume, 8vo. viii, 552pp. Engraved frontispiece, text illustrations. 215 x 133 mm. 19th century half calf, marbled boards, light rubbing. Minor foxing but very good. Binder's stamp on rear paste-down. First Edition, complete series of three parts. Dibner, Heralds of Science 158. "Experimental proof of the mechanical equivalent of heat for physical phenomena" (Printing and the Mind of Man p. 196). Joule demonstrated that the conversion of heat into force, and vice versa, takes place at a fixed rate. This discovery led to two conclusions: first, that heat is a form of energy; and second, that within a given system, the sum total of energy is both constant and convertible. Joule's work, along with that of Mayer and Helmholtz, was fundamental to the establishment of the principle of the conservation of energy. DSB. Norman 1179.


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    A Practical Treatise on Hydraulic and Water-Supply Engineering: relating to hydrology, hydrodynamics, and practical construction of water-works, in North America by Fanning, J.T

    New York: D. Van Nostrand. 1887. Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Very Good condition - but endpapers a bit brittle. Previous owner's details to preliminary pages. Black & white illustrations [some fold-out]. 644 pages . 6th Edition. Hardback.


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    Théorie des Machines simples, en ayant Égard au frottement de leurs parties et a la Roideur des Cordages...Nouvelle Édition, a laquelle on a ajouté les Mémoires du même auteur, 1. Sur les frottement de la pointe des pivots; 2. Sur la force de torsion et sur l'élasticité des fils de métal; 3. Sur la force des hommes, ou les quantités d'action qu'ils peuvent fournir; 4. Sur l'effet des moulins à vent et la figure de leurs ailes; 5. Sur les murs de revêtemen et l'équilibre des voûtes by COULOMB, Charles Augustin de

    Ten folding engraved plates. viii, 368 pp. Large 4to, orig. paste-paper wrappers (a bit frayed), printed paper label on spine, uncut. Paris: Bachelier, 1821. First collected edition and quite scarce on the market. "Coulomb's collected memoirs on mechanics. The first of these deals with simple machines and won the Academy prize of 1779. The second is a study of friction at pivots, and the third deals with torsion and the elasticity of metal wire. In the fourth memoir Coulomb discusses man's ability to perform work, quoting Daniel Bernoulli and d'Alembert. The fifth memoir is devoted to windmills and the force of their wings, while the last is his famous memoir, 'Sur une application des règles de maximis et minimis à quelques problèmes de statique relatif à l'architecture' (1773)."-Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, pp. 82-83. Fine copy in original state. From the library of Marchese Giulio Stanga Carlo Trecco (d. 1832), amateur mathematician and physicist who formed a large collection of scientific instruments. &#10087; D.S.B., III, pp. 439-46.


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    Traité de Mécanique Céleste by LAPLACE, Pierre Simon, Marquis de

    Folding engraved plate in Vol. IV. Five vols. Large 4to (281 x 200 mm.), cont. polished calf, sides panelled in blind & gilt, spines decorated in blind & gilt, a.e.g.. Paris: J.B.M. Duprat & others, An VII [1798]-1825-1827. First edition, a magnificent set on large and fine paper, complete set with all the supplements. This is the only large and fine paper set I have ever seen on the market. In this monumental and fundamental astronomical work, Laplace - the "Newton of France" - codified and developed the theories and achievements of Newton, Euler, d'Alembert, and Lagrange. "Laplace maintained that while all planets revolve round the sun their eccentricities and the inclinations of their orbits to each other will always remain small. He also showed that all these irregularities in movements and positions in the heavens were self-correcting, so that the whole solar system appeared to be mechanically stable. He showed that the universe was really a great self-regulating machine and the whole solar system could continue on its existing plan for an immense period of time. This was a long step forward from the Newtonian uncertainties in this respect...Laplace also offered a brilliant explanation of the secular inequalities of the mean motion of the moon about the earth - a problem which Euler and Lagrange had failed to solve...He also investigated the theory of the tides and calculated from them the mass of the moon."-Printing & the Mind of Man 252. A magnificent set, preserved in two boxes. Our set has the first state of the titles of Vols. I and II and all the supplements (the supplement in Vol. V, issued in 1827, is on regular paper). &#10087; Dibner, Heralds of Science, 14. D.S.B., XV, pp. 273-403. En Français dans le Texte 201. Horblit 63. Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, pp. 197-98. Sparrow, Milestones of Science, 125.


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    Traité de la Lumiere. Où sont expliquées les Causes de ce qui luy arrive dans la Reflexion, & dans la Refraction. Et particulierement dan l'etrange Refraction du Cristal d'Islande...Avec un Discours de la Cause de la Pesanteur by HUYGENS, Christian

    Woodcut device on general & divisional titles and numerous woodcut diagrams & illus. in the text. General title printed in red & black. 4 p.l., 124, [2], 125-128, [2], 129-180 pp. 4to, cont. vellum over boards. Leyden: P. vanderAa, 1690. First edition of one of the great classics of optics. This book contains Huygens' classical formulation of optical phenomena in terms of the wave theory of light, opposing the corpuscular theory advanced by Newton. Huygens showed how all points of a wave front originate partial waves and thereby propagate further wave motion. Thus reflection and refraction of light could also be explained. By the same means the complicated phenomena of double refraction and the polarization by double refraction were also explained. Huygens' wave theory of light remained unaccepted for over 100 years until Thomas Young used it to explain optical interference. The second part of this book - the Discours de la Cause de la Pesanteur - contains Huygens' mechanical explanation of gravity. His "point of view was that gravity should not be attributed to a quality or propensity of bodies, but should be explained, like every other natural process, in terms of motion."-Wolf, I, p. 164. This copy belongs to the issue in which Huygens' initials are on the title rather than his full name (no priority established). A fine and fresh copy. &#10087; Dibner, Heralds of Science, 146. En Français dans le Texte 125. Evans, First Editions of Epochal Achievements in the History of Science (1934), 32. Horblit 54. Sparrow, Milestones of Science, 111.


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    Methodus Inveniendi Lineas Curvas Maximi Minimive proprietate gaudentes, sive Solutio Problematis Isoperimetrici Latissimo sensu accepti by EULER, Leonhard

    Engraved vignette on title & five folding engraved plates. Title in red & black. 1 p.l., 322 pp., 1 leaf of instructions to binder. Large 4to, cont. mottled calf (foot of upper joint carefully repaired), spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Lausanne & Geneva: M.M. Bousquet, 1744. First edition of the work which created the calculus of variations. This book, which displayed "an amount of mathematical genius seldom rivalled, contained his researches on the calculus of variation to the invention of which Euler was led by the study of the researches of Johann and Jakob Bernoulli...The study of isoperimetrical curves, the brachistochrone in a resisting medium and the theory of geodesics, previously treated by the elder Bernoullis and others, led to the creation of this new branch of mathematics, the Calculus of Variations. His method was essentially geometrical, which makes the solution of the simpler problems very clear."-Cajori, A History of Mathematics, p. 234. Fine large copy from the library of Haskell F. Norman with bookplate. &#10087; Dibner 111. D.S.B., IV, p. 479. Evans, First Editions of Epochal Achievements in the History of Science (1934), 9. Horblit 28. Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, p. 104-"For the purposes of mechanics, the significance of this work lies in the appendix, which deals with geometrical forms of elastic curves...The present work illustrates the first solution to the problem of the buckling of a column." Sparrow 60.


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    Theoria Motus Corporum Solidorum seu Rigidorum ex Primis Nostrae Cognitionis Principiis Stabilita et ad Omnes Motus, qui in huiusmodi Corpora cadere possunt, accommodata by EULER, Leonhard

    Fifteen engraved plates (on 8 sheets). 16 p.l., 520 pp. 4to, cont. sheep-backed paste-paper boards (head of spine a bit chipped), spine gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Rostock & Greifswald: A.F. Röse, 1765. First edition. "The Theoria motus corporum solidorum...is related to the Mechanica. In the introduction to this work, Euler gave a new exposition of punctual mechanics and followed Maclaurin's example (1742) in projecting the forces onto the axes of a fixed orthogonal rectilinear system. Establishing that the instantaneous motion of a solid body might be regarded as composed of rectilinear translation and instant rotation, Euler devoted special attention to the study of rotatory motion...Euler thus laid the mathematical foundation of the numerous studies on variational principles of mechanics and physics which are still being carried out."­D.S.B., IV, p. 480. Nice copy preserved in a very strong morocco-backed box. Early signature of N.P. Morville (?) on blank portion of title. Ex Bibliotheca Mechanica. Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, pp. 105-06.


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    Proportiones.. by LAX, Gaspar

    Title within ornate woodcut architectural border. Woodcut printer's device on title. 26 unnumbered leaves. Small folio, cont. pigskin-backed wooden boards, spine & boards stamped in blind, orig. brass catches on upper cover, one (of two) orig. clasps. Paris: N. de La Barre for E. Le Fevre, 6 October 1515. [bound with]: -. Arithmetica Speculativa...duodecim libris demonstrata. Title within ornate woodcut architectural border which is printed in red & black. Woodcut printer's device on title. Several woodcuts in the text. 100 unnumbered leaves. Small folio (some foxing). Paris: N. de La Barre for E. Le Fevre, 18 December 1515. First edition of two very uncommon mathematical works, printed in Paris. "After studying the arts and theology in Zaragoza, Lax (1487-1560), taught in Paris...Lax had an agile mind and an excellent memory, but he became so engrossed with the logical subtleties of the nominalist school that he was soon known as 'the Prince of the Parisian sophistae'...Lax taught at Paris until 1523...In 1525 he taught mathematics and philosophy at the studium generale of Zaragoza. He remained there until his death, at which time he was vice-chancellor and rector... "Lax achieved greater fame as a mathematician than as a logician or as a philosopher. He published his Arithmetica speculativa and Proportiones at Paris in 1515...The first is described by D.E. Smith as a 'very prolix treatment of theoretical arithmetic, based on Boethius and his medieval successors' (p. 121). The Proportiones is a more compact and formalistic treatment of ratios, with citations of Euclid, Jordanus, and Campanus; unlike most sixteenth-century treatises on ratios, however, it does not deal with the velocities of motion in the Mertonian and Parisian traditions."-D.S.B., VIII, p. 100. These two works of Lax are bound with three other unrelated (apart from size and date) but interesting and scarce books: 1. Agricola, Rudolphus. Dialectica. Louvain: T. Martens, January 1515. Second edition of his masterwork, in which he describes how he taught a deaf child to communicate orally and in writing. It is a pioneering work in education. 2. Alciati, Andrea. In tres posteriores Codicis Iustiniani annotationes. Strasbourg: J. Schott, 1515. First edition of an uncommon legal work. 3. Hilarius Pictaviensis, Saint. Opera complura. Paris: Jodocus Badius, 1510. The first collected edition of the writings of Saint Hilary (ca. 315-ca. 368), bishop of Poitiers, and an outspoken champion of orthodoxy against the Arians. Fine and complete copies. &#10087; Lax: Moreau, II, 1153 & 1154. Smith, History of Mathematics, I, p. 345. Smith, Rara Arithmetica, pp. 121-22.


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    Beschreibung und Theorie des englischen Cylinder-Gebläses nebst einigen Vorschlägen zur Verbesserung dieser Maschine by BAADER, Joseph von

    Seven fine folding engraved plates. xiv, [2], 115, [1] pp. Large 4to, cont. marbled half-sheep & marbled boards (minor foxing), flat spine gilt. Munich: J. Lindauer, 1805. First edition and quite rare. Baader (1763-1835), a famous civil engineer, mining expert, and Chief of the Bavarian Mining Council, resided in England and Scotland from 1786 to 1794, where he studied the most recent technological developments, both in mining and metallurgy. While in Edinburgh, he designed an improved hydraulic powered blowing engine for blast furnaces that allowed higher temperatures, based on the fan originally developed by John Wilkinson (1728-1808). This became known as the Baadersches Geblaese. His greatest contribution to science was, however, his devotion, through propaganda and the power of his position, to the building of railways in Bavaria. The present work is concerned with Baader's final work on the fan and the improvements he has made to it. Fine copy with a small ownership inscription on title inoffensively blacked-out. WorldCat locates no copy in North America. &#10087; A.D.B., I, pp. 725-26. Poggendorff, I, 80-81.


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    Descrizione Istorica dell'Estrazione della Pubblica Nave La Fenice dal Canale Spignon. In cui giacque circa tre anni totalmente sommersa by ZUSTO, Giovanni

    Engraved allegorical frontispiece by Giuseppe Daniotto and seven fine & large folding plates by Daniotto. xxxii, 90, [2] pp. Large 4to, cont. marbled boards. [Venice]: Sons of A. Pinelli, 1789. First edition of this notable engineering work which describes the raising of the sunken man-of-war Fenice in the Spignon channel, just inside the Porto di Malamocco, and the central access to the Venice lagoon. The ship sank in April of 1783 and rendered the channel so narrow that it caused great difficulties for large ships to pass. Work began in 1785 to remove the ship and was complete early in the following year. The very fine plates, here in rich and dark impressions, depict the raising and clearance of the ship, employing a combination of hydraulics and an elaborate system of pulleys. This was a remarkable engineering feat. It required innovative methods that became standard practice in subsequent marine salvage operations. A very fine and handsome copy. Frontispiece with small pale ink stain at foot beneath image. &#10087; Riccardi, I, 407-"Bella ediz....interessantissima per gli studiosi della meccanica applicata alla nautica.".


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    Reflexions sur la Cause generale des Vents. Piéce qui a remporté le Prix proposé par l'Académie Royale des Sciences de Berlin, pour l'Année 1746 by ALEMBERT, Jean Le Rond d'

    Fine engraved vignette on title; one engraved headpiece with a port. of Frederick the Great, to whom the book is dedicated; & two folding engraved plates. 4 p.l., 194 pp.; 138 pp. 4to, cont. vellum over boards (one corner a little jammed), spine gilt. Paris: David l'aîné, 1747 [but 1746]. First edition of this important work. "In 1747 d'Alembert published two more important works, one of which, the Réflexions sur la cause générale des vents, won a prize from the Prussian Academy. In it appeared the first general use of partial differential equations in mathematical physics. Euler later perfected the techniques of using these equations...As a work on atmospheric tides it was successful, and Lagrange continued to praise d'Alembert's efforts many years later."-D.S.B., I, p. 113. This and the Berlin edition of the same year are both variously claimed as the true first edition and it is perhaps logical to suppose that a prize-winning essay should first appear under the imprint of the prize giver. However, the imprimatur of the French Académie was granted on 6th September 1746 and the book was on sale in November of that year (see d'Alembert's letter of 6th January 1747 to Euler). Fine copy of a very rare edition. Contemporary signature of "Castiglioni" on title. From the library of Haskell F. Norman with bookplate. &#10087; See Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, p. 8 for the Berlin edition.


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    Reflexions sur la Cause Generale des Vents. Piéce qui a remporté le Prix proposé par l'Academie Royale des Sciences de Berlin, pour l'année 1746 by ALEMBERT, Jean Le Rond d'

    Engraved vignette on title, one engraved headpiece, & two folding engraved plates. 4 p.l., xxviii, 194, 138 pp. 4to, cont. mottled calf (head of spine with a small chip, several signatures browned or foxed), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: David l'aîné, 1747. First edition (?). This and the Berlin edition of the same year (with Latin text only) are both variously claimed as the true first edition, and it is perhaps logical to suppose that a prize-winning essay should appear first under the imprint of the prize-giver. However, the imprimatur of the French Académie des Sciences was granted on 6 September 1746, and the Paris edition was on sale in November of that year (see d'Alembert's letter of 6 January 1747 to Euler). The text of the Paris edition comprises the Latin original of the prize submission, together with its French translation with "various more or less considerable additions" (Avertissement). "In 1747 d'Alembert published two more important works, one of which, the Réflexions sur la cause générale des vents, won a prize from the Prussian Academy. In it appeared the first general use of partial differential equations in mathematical physics. Euler later perfected the techniques of using these equations...As a work on atmospheric tides it was successful, and Lagrange continued to praise d'Alembert's efforts many years later."-D.S.B., I, p. 113. Very good copy of a very rare edition. From the library of Marchese Giulio Stanga Carlo Trecco (d. 1832), amateur mathematician and physicist who formed a large collection of scientific instruments, with his shelfmark label at head of spine. &#10087; See Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, p. 8 for the Berlin edition.


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    Introduction to Non-Linear Mechanics: Topological Methods, Analytical Methods, Non-Linear Resonance, Relaxation Oscillations by Minorsky, N

    Ann Arbor: J W Edwards, 1947. 1st (US) edition, 4to, 464pp, previous owner's neat name to head of ffep, spine lettering oxidised o/w VG Copy, no DJ; rarified stuff. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


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    Two Hundred Diesel Engine Pointers by POWER EDITORS

    New York: Power, 1930. Softcover. Good. Paperback Pamphlet in Good Condition, Light water stain on inner edge of front cover and 1st 4-5 pgs, spine ends bumped, covers rubbed with small stain on front cover, some page corners dog-eared.


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