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Gonnella, Tito (1794-1867)
OPUSCOLI MATEMATICI NEI QUALI SI TRATTA I. DI ALCUNI PERFEZIONAMENTI DEL TELESCOPIO NEWTONIANO. II. DELLE FORMULE CHE DETERMINANO RIGOROSAMENTE L'ANDAMENTO DEI RAGGI LUMINOSI A TRAVERSO D'UN SISTEMA QUALUNQUE DI LENTI. III. D'UNA MACCHINA PER QUADRARE LE FIGURE PIANE. FLORENCE: GIOVANNI MAZZONI, 1841
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Gonnella, Tito (1794-1867)
OPUSCOLI MATEMATICI NEI QUALI SI TRATTA I. DI ALCUNI PERFEZIONAMENTI DEL TELESCOPIO NEWTONIANO. II. DELLE FORMULE CHE DETERMINANO RIGOROSAMENTE L'ANDAMENTO DEI RAGGI LUMINOSI A TRAVERSO D'UN SISTEMA QUALUNQUE DI LENTI. III. D'UNA MACCHINA PER QUADRARE LE FIGURE PIANE. FLORENCE: GIOVANNI MAZZONI, 1841
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Gonnella, Tito (1794-1867)
OPUSCOLI MATEMATICI NEI QUALI SI TRATTA I. DI ALCUNI PERFEZIONAMENTI DEL TELESCOPIO NEWTONIANO. II. DELLE FORMULE CHE DETERMINANO RIGOROSAMENTE L'ANDAMENTO DEI RAGGI LUMINOSI A TRAVERSO D'UN SISTEMA QUALUNQUE DI LENTI. III. D'UNA MACCHINA PER QUADRARE LE FIGURE PIANE. FLORENCE: GIOVANNI MAZZONI, 1841
4to (270 x 202mm.), presentation inscription on title page ("To the Royal Society of Edinburgh from C. Babbage"), five engraved folding plates, blue cloth, occasional spotting
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Provenance

Charles Babbage, presentation inscription to; the Royal Society of Edinburgh, ink stamp on title-page; Christie's, Important scientific books from the Library of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 10 June 1983, lot 117; bought from Bernard Quaritch, London, 1984

Literature

Tomash & Williams G58

Catalogue Note

The final section of this work describes an integrating machine - a form of planimeter to calculate the area of an irregular curved shape - whose description was first published in 1825. This volume seems to have been published following the Congress of Italian Scientists which took place in Florence in 1841, to whom he demonstrated his improvements to Newton's telescope.

Babbage evidently owned three or more copies of this book; two others were included in the en-bloc sale catalogue of his library, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, Mathematical and Scientific Library of the late Charles Babbage (London 1872), item 257 (those copies also inscribed by Babbage). See, generally, M.R. Williams, "The scientific library of Charles Babbage" in Annals of the History of Computing 3 (1981), pp.237-243.

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