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Theatrum Arithmetico-Geometricum, das ist: oder Schau-Platz der Rechen- und Mess-Kunst
45 engraved plates. Title in red & black. 7 p.l., 200, [4] pp. Folio, speckled sheep (a few minor abrasions to binding), large Schönborn arms in gilt on covers, spine lettered in gilt, orange leather lettering piece on spine. Leipzig: published by the Author & J.F. Gleditsch & Son, 1727. First edition, and a very attractive copy, of the seventh volume of Leupold's Theatrum Machinarum, or "Theater of Machines"; this was the most complete and richly illustrated work on engineering and machinery published, not just up until that time, but for many years to follow. Complete sets of the nine works are of great rarity. The Theatrum Machinarum may be described as the first encyclopedia of technology. Not only was it easily the most richly illustrated book of its kind, with many thousands of figures on 530 plates, but with more than 2000 pages of German text it eclipsed all other works in the field. It describes not only the design and construction of the machines themselves, but also the mechanical principles by which they operated. Not only does the author describe the machines of his predecessors Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Strada, Zonca, Böckler, and Zeising, but Leupold also gives accounts of many of his own inventions. The present volume is concerned with calculating machines and measuring instruments. Of the former, he mentions those designed by Napier, Caspar Schott, Grillet, Giovanni Poleni, and Leibniz, as well as several of his own invention. One of the latter is described by Wolf, History of Science...in the Eighteenth Century, pp. 657-58 with two reproductions. Among the other instruments described are compasses of proportion and a rectangular instrument resembling the modern slide rule. Cajori, in his History of the Logarithmic Slide-Rule (1909), p. 41, draws attention to these passages and notes that before 1727 the slide rule was practically unknown in Germany. Leupold (1674-1727), a Leipzig mechanical engineer, established a workshop to manufacture mathematical and mechanical instruments. His numerous books describe the latest technological developments of the day. A very fine, tall, and handsome copy. Uncommon in such condition. ❧ Tomash L81. .
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