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THE FIRST SYSTEMATIC MINERALOGY
IN A VERNACULAR LANGUAGE


[MINERALOGY] AGRICOLA, Giorgio. De la generatione de le cose, che sotto la terra sono, e de le cause de’ loro effeti e nature. Venice, Michelle Tramezzino, 1550.

Rare first Italian edition and first edition in any vernacular language of “the first handbook of modern systematic mineralogy” (Horblit/Grolier, Latin no. 1546).
$4,850


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“CHLADNI HAS MADE SOUND VISIBLE” –Napoleon


[ACOUSTICS] CHLADNI, E. F. F.. Entdeckungen über die Theorie des Klanges. Leipzig, Weidmanns Erben und Reich, 1787.

First edition of this experimental classic – a novel attempt to describe and visualize the production of sound from solid bodies – now considered “the foundation of the modern science of acoustics” (PMM). Chladni devised a method of representing vibrating bodies by means of sand figures (still known as “Chladni figures”) by spreading sand over glass and copper plates and drawing a violin bow over their edges to make the plates vibrate. “The strange and beautiful Chladni figures ... attracted much scientific attention in the early 19th century, inspiring fruitful investigation of the mathematics of elastic vibration” (Norman).
$3,000


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‘THE FOUNDATION OF ALL PLANETARY CALCULATIONS
FOR OVER A CENTURY’ – SPARROW


KEPLER, Johannes. Tabulae Rudolphinae, quibus Astronomicae Scientiae, Temporum longinquitate collapsae Resauratio continetur…. Ulm, J. Saur, 1627.

First edition of this classic in the history of science, a nice large genuine example of the last of Kepler’s works to appear in his lifetime, and in the judgment of Prof. Owen Gingerich, “the chief vehicle for the recognition of his astronomical accomplishments” (DSB, p. 304). It contains the first astronomical tables to be based on Kepler’s three laws of planetary motion and is the first of Kepler’s books to employ logarithms.
$60,000


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FIRST ILLUSTRATED ITALIAN EDITION


PLINY THE ELDER. Historia naturale di Caio Plinio Secondo… novamente correcta & da infiniti errori purgada: Aggionte etiam di novo le figure a tutti li libri conveniente. [Colophon:] Venice, Sessa & Piero di Ravani, 1516.

First illustrated Italian-language edition of this landmark work of the Renaissance. Pliny the Elder’s ‘Natural History’ was effectively an encyclopedia of knowledge, covering everything from geography and physics to medicine and zoology. The fine woodcuts, first used in 1513, depict charming scenes of country life (vine growing, harvesting), metallurgy, animals (elephants, giraffes, lions), etc.
$12,000


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FIRST FRENCH MARCO POLO


POLO, Marco. La Description Geographique des provinces & villes plus fameuses de l’Inde Orientale. Paris, Jehan Longis, 1556.

Rare first French edition of the work considered “the first to give anything approaching a correct and detailed account of China and the Far East” (PMM), and perhaps the most influential travel book of all time.
$95,000


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