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Notizie degli Aggrandimenti delle Scienze - TARGIONI-TOZZETTI, Giovanni - 1780. 
Engraved arms on each title & eleven folding engraved plates. xxiv, 531 pp.; viii, 376 pp.; xv, 377-800 pp.; xvi, 422 pp. Three vols. in four. Large 4to, cont. vellum-backed paste-paper boards), contrasting red & green morocco lettering pieces on spines, entirely uncut. Florence: G. Bouchard, 1780. First edition. "A rare work, of great value on the history of physics in Italy, and indispensable to the historian of physics. It contains reprints of a number of original papers and letters by Galileo and other men of science. Of special value are the illustrations of old physical instruments contained in the work."-Sotheran, First Supp., 3882. Riccardi, who describes this work as "eruditissima raccolta" devotes seven columns to a detailed account of the contents of these volumes. Vol. I is devoted to the physical sciences, the second to mathematics, and the third to the natural and medical sciences. Targioni-Tozzetti (1712-83), was the most active Italian naturalist of the 18th century after Spallanzani. He was one of the first to cultivate the history of science and the present work is his most notable contribution to this new discipline. Fine set and rare on the market. Armorial bookplate of William Henry Fitton, M.D. (1780-1861), the geologist, in each volume. For his considerable contributions to geology, see D.S.B., V, pp. 13-15. ? Carli & Favaro 573. D.S.B., XIII, pp. 257-58. Riccardi, II, 548-55.
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