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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 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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An Astronomical Perpetual Calendar


SCANAVACCA, Bartolomeo. Novissima Inventione per dissegnare con grandissima facilite prestezza Horologi Solari, Italiani, Babilonici, e Francesi. Padova, Stamperia del Seminario per Bernardo Luciani, 1688.

Rare first and sole edition of this description of a sundial of the author's invention, which functioned as an astronomical perpetual calendar: determining for any day of the year the sun's rising, noon, setting, and mid-night, place of the sun in the Zodiac, etc. The work explains how to take basic measurements and co-ordinate them with the known physical points of Northern Italian cities through the calendar.
$2,650


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