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CAVALIERI, Bonaventura / DAVISI, Urbano, ed.. Sfera Astronomica del Padre Bonaventura Cavalieri Lettore Primario delle Matematiche nello Studio di Bologna Con l'uso della Figura, e prattiche di Essa... Rome, Molo, 1690.

Rare first edition, second issue (?) of this work on planetary astronomy and selected physics problems by the great Bolognese mathematician Bonaventura Cavalieri, as edited by his disciple Urbano Davisi.
$7,500


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VIENSSENS’S COPY OF DESCARTES’ LES PRINCIPES


DESCARTES, René [VIEUSSENS, Raymond]. Les Principes de la Philosophie. Escrits en Latin, par René Descartes. Et traduits en François par un de ses Amis. Revues, & corrigez en cette derniere Edition. Paris, Bobin & Le Gras, 1668.

Scarce edition of Descartes’ magnum opus, bearing the manuscript ex-libris of Raymond Vieussens (1635-1715), Royal Physician to Louis XIV and an important anatomist in his own right.
$11,500


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The Dutch Encounter “The High Point of Alexandrian Greek Algebra”
Extremely Rare Imprint With No Copy in America


DIOPHANTUS ALEXANDRINUS; HUIPS, Frans van der, trans., ed.. Algebra, ofte een noodige, korte en klare onder-wyzinge inde beginzelen en gronden vande stel-konst: doorgaans verçiert met verscheiden nieuwe regelen . Tot Heusden, Hendrick Troyen, 1654.

First Dutch edition (first Latin 1575) of the computational arithmetic treatise by Diophantus (fl. A.D. 250): “the greatest Greek writer on Algebra...(&) one of the greatest algebraists of all times.”—Sarton, I.336.
$2,850


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EUCLID / CAIANI, Angelo, ed. & tr. I quindici libri degli elementi di Euclide, di greco tradotti in lingua thoscana. Rome, [Antonio Blado Asolano], 1545.

Rare first edition of Euclid extracts in Italian, preceded only by Tartaglia’s translation of 1543, of which it is independent.
$4,500


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THE FIRST ILLUSTRATIONS IN PRINT OF GALILEO'S SECTOR FORERUNNER OF THE POCKET CALCULATOR


FAULHABER, Johann. Newe geometrische und perspectivische Inventiones etlicher sonderbahrer Instrument …. Frankfurt am Main, Richter and Anthonius Humm, 1610.

Rare first edition of this illustrated treatise on instrument making by the Ulm mathematician and military architect Johann Faulhaber (1580-1635), a work principally important in the history of science and technology for its engraved technical illustrations of Galileo Galilei’s (1564-1624) famous ‘proportional compass’ – the first such illustrations to appear in print – and for its revealing anecdote of how Faulhaber came to learn of the instrument and of its inventor, “Gallileus de Gallilei Professor zu Padua.”
$35,000


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