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[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).

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'The earliest first-hand Dutch descriptions of the Ladrones (Marianas), the Philippines, and Borneo.' -- Lach. Asia III.1.442

DE BRY, Theodor.. Americae Nona & Postrema Pars. Frankfurt, Matthias Becker, 1602.

First Latin edition of the ninth part of the De Bry's Grand Voyages, containing an extremely important account of a Pacific voyage by Olivier van Noort -- as well as much ethnographic material relating to the indigenous Indian culture of Mexico and Peru.

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NEWTON, Isaac. Opticks: or, a Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light. Also Two Treatises of the Species and Magnitude of Curvilinear Figures. London, Sam. Smith and Benj. Walford, Printers to the Royal Society, 1704.

First edition, first issue of this landmark in science by Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), here in a remarkably well preserved, unrestored example.

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