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Mechanicorum Liber.
- Woodcut vignette on title & numerous woodcut diagrams in the text. 8 p.l. (the last a blank), 130 leaves, 1 leaf. Folio, cont. limp vellum (occasional minor dampstaining & light browning, ties gone). Pesaro: H. Concordia, 1577. First edition of a scarce and important book. "From the time of its publication in 1577 Guidobaldo’s Liber Mechanicorum was indeed recognized as the most authoritative treatise on statics to emerge since antiquity, and it remained pre-eminent until the appearance of Galileo’s Two New Sciences in 1638. It marks the high point of the Archimedean revival of the Renaissance. Not only did Guidobaldo establish statics on the rigorous mathematical procedures of Archimedes, but he also introduced an historiography of mechanics which was designed to legitimise the Archimedean revival."–Rose, The Italian Renaissance of Mathematics, p. 222. Most of the present work is concerned with the theoretical discussion of machines and the introduction contains an historical essay on the engines used by the ancients. Monte (1545-1607), was Galileo’s patron and friend for twenty years and was possibly the greatest single influence on the mechanics of Galileo. A very good and large copy preserved in a morocco-backed box. Later endpapers. Ex Bibliotheca Mechanica. ? D.S.B., IX, pp. 487-89. Riccardi, II, 178–"Raro." Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, pp. 228-29. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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