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Classic Technological Compendium

BESSON, Jacques. Theatrum instrumentorum et Machinarum. Lyon, Barthelemy Vincent, 1578.

Early edition, with Latin commentary, of the most influential illustrated technological compendium of the Renaissance, "the first independent work on machinery published" - Zeitlinger.

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Popularizing Electricity

BIANCONI, Giovanni. Sendschrieben uber die Electricitat an den herrn Grafen Algarotti. Basel, Joh. Rudolf Imhof, 1750.

First German edition (translated from the 1748 French original) of Bianconi's letter addressed to Francesco Algarotti (1712-1764), author of Neutonismo per le donne (1733), which did much to popularize Newtonian views on optics on the continent and made him a European celebrity at the age of twenty-one.

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Building Blocks Of Biomechanics

BORELLI, Giovanni Alfonso. De Vi Percussionis, et Motionibus Naturalibus a Gravitate Pendentibus... Leiden, Vander Aa, 1686.

First combined edition and their first appearance north of the Alps of Borelli's two major works of mechanics' which provide the essential building blocks for his famous De Motu Animalium, the author's pioneering work in biomechanics.

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Trigonometry For The Practicing Astronomer

CAGNOLI, Antonio. Trigonometria Piana e Sferica. Paris, Francesco Ambrogio Didot, 1786.

First edition of, according to Lalande, the best book of the period on trigonometry and its application to astronomy.

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CALCAGNINI, Celio. Opera Aliquot. Basel, March 1544.

First edition of this collection of writings of the Ferrarese humanist, posthumous but all appearing for the first time, including his proto-Copernican dissertation advocating the movement of the earth.

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