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MUSSCHENBROEK, Petrus van (1692-1761); Lorenzo Magalotti, conte (1637-1712); Accademia del Cimento (Florence, Italy)
Tentamina experimentorum naturalium captorum in Academia del cimento sub auspiciis Serenissimi Principis Leopoldi, Magni Etruriae Ducis....
Lugduni Batavorum:: Joan. et Herm. Verbeek, 1731.. Two parts bound as one. 4to. [xvi], xlviii, [vii], 193, [1]; 192, [xiv] pp. Title printed in red & black, 32 engraved folding plates, 1 folding table, index; margin of p.99 trimmed [1 ¾ x 2”] away. some foxing, browning of leaves (title very browned) due to offsetting. Beautifully preserved original mottled calf, raised bands, gilt spine compartments, red leather spine label. Ownership mark on title of “Mr. Al. Liotard.” Very good. FIRST EDITION, incorporating the first Latin edition of the Saggi di naturali esperienze (1667) prepared by the Accademia del Cimento, Florence, with substantial additions throughout by Musschenbroek. Musschenbroek was one of the great physical experimenters and lecturers of the eighteenth century, and the teacher of Nollet. This book contains the first description of the pyrometer, an instrument for measuring the expansion of solid bodies under the influence of heat. Like many of Musschenbroek’s books, the Tentamina contains fine illustrations and is concerned with experiments in measuring humidity, magnets and electricity, air pressure, the structure of ice, heat and cold, capillarity, optics, the motion of sound, etc. ¶ “He devised many of his experiments, in the process consulting records of other experimenters, among them those of the Accademia del Cimento. Musschenbroek translated their accounts into Latin, adding reports concerning his own work (1731).” – ¶ The work opens with Musschenbroek’s Oratio de Methodo Instituendi Experimenta Physica, regarding his views on experim … [Click Below for Full Description]
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