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THE METRIC SYSTEM IN REPUBLICAN PARIS
A CONTEMPORARY COLLECTION OF 26 RARE TITLES
MANY CONTEMPORARY ANNOTATIONS


[METRIC SYSTEM] / [FRENCH REPUBLIC] Mesures Républicaines. Paris, 1793-99.

Contemporary sammelband of 26 rare first-edition tracts relating to the early development of the metric system during the French First Republic. The volume contains titles published in Paris between 1793 and 1799, several of which include large folding tables and engravings illustrating problem surrounding the adoption of various new measurement standards for weights, linear units, monetary units, etc. The earliest and longest title included here has been extensively corrected and supplemented by a contemporary annotator to reflect later official changes to measurement and unit nomenclature.
$4,500


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ARCHIMEDES/ed. RIVAULT, David. Archimedis Opera quae extant. Novis Demonstrationibus Commentariisque illustrata. Paris, Claude Morel, 1615.

First edition of the most influential seventeenth-century edition of Archimedes’ complete works. The work contains the Greek text with a Latin “trot” running alongside and has extensive exegetical notes. It was still regarded as the best edition in 1670 when Sturm made his German translation.
$9,850


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“THE BIRTH OF ATOMIC PHYSICS” (PMM 203):
BOSCOVICH’S SCIENTIFIC THEORY
ENCOMPASSED IN ONE NATURAL LAW


BOSCOVICH, Rogerius Josephus. Philosophiae Naturalis Theoria Redacta ad Unicam Legem Virium in Natura Existentium. Vienna, In Officina Libraria Kaliwodiana, 1758.

A handsome example of the very rare 1758 first edition of Rogerius Josephus Boscovich’s (1711-87) Philosophiae Naturalis Theoria, a volume “now recognized as a fundamental influence on modern mathematical physics” (PMM 203), and a text whose impact was felt by such scientific luminaries as Joseph Priestly, Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, Lord Kelvin, J. J. Thompson, and Niels Bohr.
$115,000


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CAMPANELLA’S DEFENCE OF GALILEO,
WRITTEN FOR THE TRIAL OF 1616


CAMPANELLA, Tomasso. Apologia pro Galileo, Mathematico Fiorentino. Ubi disquiritur, utrum ratio philosopahndi, quam Galileus celebrat, faveat sacris scripturis, an adversetur. . Frankfurt, Erasmus Kempffer for Godfried Tampach, 1622.

Scarce first edition of this important polemic: Campanella’s contribution to the defence of Galileo, written in 1616 during the latter’s first brush with the authorities but only published in 1622.
$15,000


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Introducing Logarithms to Italy


CAVALIERI, Bonaventura. Directorium generale uranometricum in quo trigonometriae logarithmicae fundamenta... [Including:] Tabvla trigonom. Logarithmica. Bologna, Nicolai Tebaldini, 1632.

Very attractive copy of the rare first edition of the first work on logarithms printed in Italy, the first published work of a great mathematician of whom Galileo wrote, “few, if any, since Archimedes, have delved as far and as deep into the science of geometry.”
$14,000


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