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La Nova Scientia . con una gionta al terzo libro.
Venice, Camillo Castelli, 1583 - [4] + 30 (misnumbered 34)f. Roman letter. With full-page allegorical woodcut on title and 31 textual woodcuts and diagrams (1 full-page). (bound with:) TARTAGLIA, Nicolò. Delle Quesiti et inventioni diverse. Venice, Camillo Castelli, 1583. ff5 - 94. With 66 woodcuts and diagrams in the text. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. 19th century speckled boards. The two most influential works on military science by Nicolò Tartaglia (1506-1557) of Brescia, one of the best mathematicians of his day. I: The 3 books of La Nova Scientia are the first attempt to enquire into the nature of the curve described by projectiles. It is considered the first printed treatise on ballistics. This work inaugurated the scientific treatment of the theory and practice of gunnery, correcting the angle of fire with regard to the force of gravity. (See A. R. Hale, Ballistics in the 17th Century). The dedication is to Francisco Maria de la Rovere, Duke of Urbino. II: The Quesiti, or answers to various problems written in dialogue form, are an enlargement of La Nova Scientia. The first 3 books treat gunnery and artillery; other mathematical and physical problems, such as the construction and use of the compass are described in the fifth book on land surveying in letters addressed to Richard Wentworth. Book VI deals with the fortification of cities planned to withstand artillery fire by strength of outline. In the present copy 4 leaves of preliminaries and the 9th book of text (on algebra) are omitted from the volume; this is also the case with the copies held by the Wellcome Institute, the Edinburgh University Library, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, an anomaly confirmed by an entry in Graesse (VI,30 (note) relating to this edition which is not held by the British Library, nor by any of the Cambridge libraries. Edges of tailend blank margins stained in one place in first quires, occasional light marginal waterstaining, otherwise a clean copy with some of the illustrations lightly handcoloured by an early owner. I: Breman 297; Cockle 658 (note); II: Jähns 602. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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