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ACCADEMIA DEL CIMENTO.

Saggi di Naturali Esperienze. Terza edizione Fiorentina preceduta da notizie storiche dell’Accademia stessa e seguitata da alcune aggiunte. Firenze: dai Torchi della Tipografia Galileiana, 1841. Firenze: dai Torchi della Tipografia Galileiana, . 1841.

Price £ GBP 600.00

Small folio, 3 leaves, pp. (3)–133, 2 leaves, pp. 183, vii, (ii), (ix)–xc, and 22 stilted engraved plates. Original cloth-backed printed boards, paper label on spine, uncut. Joints almost imperceptibly repaired, some minor foxing, an excellent copy. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, copy no. 186 presented to Dott. Marco Aurelio Guzzoni.

The best edition of the only publication of the Accademia del Cimento, in effect the first report ever published from what we would now call a research laboratory — the Accademia del Cimento [Academy of Experiment], founded in Florence in 1657, before the formal foundation of either the Royal Society or the Académie des Sciences. Two of its founder members, Viviani and Torricelli, were disciples of Galileo; others included Borelli, Steno, Redi and Cassini. The text was written by Count Lorenzo Magalotti, and includes accounts of experiments on temperature and air pressure (including Torricelli’s invention of the barometer), the velocity of sound and light, phosphorescence, magnetism, amber and other electrical bodies, the freezing of water, etc. Carlo & Favaro 815. Wolf, History of science, I, pp. 55–59. See Dibner 82 and Norman Catalogue 485 for the first edition of 1667. This finely produced edition has an extensive history of the Accademia del Cimento by Vincenzo Antinori and additional notes at the end by G. Gazzeri.

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