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[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.

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Galileo, Guldin and Mersenne Square Off at the Collegio Romano

[[GALILEIANA] ] CASATI, Paolo. Terra machinis mota dissertationes geometricae, mechanicae, physicae, hydrostaticae ... . Rome, Ignazio de Lazaro, 1658.

Scarce augmented edition of this work on the theory of machines and the nature of gravity by the young Jesuit Paolo Casati.

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Magnetism At Sea

BARLOW, Peter. An Essay On Magnetic Attractions, And On The Laws Of Terrestrial And Electro Magnetism. Second Edition, much enlarged and improved... London, J. Mawman, 1823.

First published London, 1820, this is the second enlarged edition of Barlow's shipboard study of magnetism.

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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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