La tensione e la pressione.

BARTOLI Daniello SJ (1678.)


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Two folding woodcut plates of scientific experiments.

12mo (137 x 71 mm). [2]ff. 5-288pp. Contemporary English calf (joints worn but holding). 

Venice: Gio. Francesco Valvasense, 1678.

First printed the previous year, this is a work which did much to expound and popularise the work of contemporary physicists such as Torricelli, particularly barometric experiments and the concept of atmospheric pressure. Other scientific works of Bartoli (1608-85) examined the physical analysis of sound, sound waves and the sense of hearing (1679), and the phenomena of freezing (1681). "Bartoli's scientific expositions were generally objective, clear, and attractively written; they evidence wide reading and a spirit of true enquiry. Bartoli sought to link the speculative and experimental approaches in science" (DSB).

Provenance. Signature inside front cover of Martin Bowes (1671-1726), educated at St. John's College Cambridge, and later a fellow of the Royal Society; he made the Grand Tour at the beginning of the 18th century during which time he amassed a fine collection of French and Italian books, which remained intact until its recent dispersal at public auction.

De Backer/Sommervogel I, 980 no.24. DSB I, 483. See Gamba 1774.

Stock Code: 42852

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