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Poleni, Giovanni (1683-1761)
MISCELLANEA, HOC EST I. DISSERTATIO DE BAROMETRIS, & THERMOMETRIS, II. MACHINAE ARITMETICAE, EIUSQUE USUS DESCRIPTIO, III. DE SECTIONIBUS CONICIS PARALLELORUM IN HOROLOGIIS SOLARIBUS TRACTATUS. VENICE: ALVISE PAVANI, 1709 
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 3,250 GBP
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531
Poleni, Giovanni (1683-1761)
MISCELLANEA, HOC EST I. DISSERTATIO DE BAROMETRIS, & THERMOMETRIS, II. MACHINAE ARITMETICAE, EIUSQUE USUS DESCRIPTIO, III. DE SECTIONIBUS CONICIS PARALLELORUM IN HOROLOGIIS SOLARIBUS TRACTATUS. VENICE: ALVISE PAVANI, 1709 
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 3,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Poleni, Giovanni (1683-1761)
MISCELLANEA, HOC EST I. DISSERTATIO DE BAROMETRIS, & THERMOMETRIS, II. MACHINAE ARITMETICAE, EIUSQUE USUS DESCRIPTIO, III. DE SECTIONIBUS CONICIS PARALLELORUM IN HOROLOGIIS SOLARIBUS TRACTATUS. VENICE: ALVISE PAVANI, 1709 
FIRST EDITION, 4to (220 x 156mm.), half-title, engraved allegorical title vignette of reason taming the savage beast, 9 folding engraved plates of machines and geometrical diagrams, modern cream boards, speckled edges, modern folding cloth box, occasional soiling, endpapers soiled and repaired
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Provenance

bought from Il Polifilo, Milan, 1995

Literature

Tomash & Williams P100; Riccardi i, 290

Catalogue Note

First edition of Poleni's first book. Poleni was professor of astronomy, physics and mathematics at the University of Padua. This volume contains Poleni's description of a "pin-wheel" mechanical calculating machine, which he devised himself as he was not able to find descriptions of the construction of the machines of Pascal and Leibniz; it is considered "the first detailed printed description of a mechanical calculating machine" (Matthew L. Jones, Reckoning with matter, Chicago, 2016, p.130).

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