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Ausszug auss der Uralten Messekunst Archimedis und deroselben newlich in Latein aussgangener Ergentzung betreffend Rechnung der Cörperlichen Figuren holen Gefessen und Weinfässer Oesterreischischen . Erklärung unnd bestättigung der Oesterreichischen Weinvisier-Ruthen . Anhang von vergleichung des Landtgebräuchigen Gewichts, Elen, Klaffter, Schuch, Wein- und Triad Maass.
Linz, Hans Blancken, 1616 - Small folio (295 x 185 mm), pp [iv] 113 [3], with paste-on gauging rod on verso of I4; clean tear to blank area of gutter in a1 without loss, the extended woodcut on verso of F3 cropped at foot as often, apart from minor foxing in margins a fresh appealing copy, bound in contemporary quarter calf and speckled papers over boards, raised bands on spine, with calf corners, spine and corners worn, old shelf no. affixed to front cover, engraved bookplate of the Berliner Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde on front pastedown and their discreet stamp on verso of title. £10,000First German edition, a significantly revised and reordered version of the Latin Nova Stereometria published the year before, a title 'generally regarded as one of the significant works in the prehistory of the calculus' (Gingerich in DSB).'Desiring to outfit his household with the produce of a particularly good wine harvest, Kepler installed some casks in his house. When he discovered that the wine merchant measured only the diagonal length of the barrels, ignoring their shape, Kepler set about computing their actual volumes. Abandoning the classical Archimedean procedures, he adopted a less rigorous but productive scheme in which he considered that the figures were composed of an infinite number of thin circulae laminae or other cross sections. Captivated by the task, he extended it to other shapes, including the torus' (ibid). According to Gingerich, Kepler was moved to produce this vernacular version when sales of the Latin version proved lacklustre. Caspar considers it a new work rather than a mere translation: the appendix on weights and measures from antiquity up until the author's time is new, as is the glossary of German and Latin mathematical terms. Caspar 49
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