1769 Cours de Physique Experimentale et Mathematique Par Pierre Van Mussenbroek
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Illustrated, Leather Binding, Scarce
Illustrated, with folding plates of engravings demonstrating Musschenbroek's experiments on hydraulics, mechanics, navigation and optics.
With twenty-two plates numbered II-XXIV with the uncommon XI* plate to volume I. Folding table, sixteen plates to volume II numbered XXVI-XLI. twenty-three plates to volume III numbered XLII-LXIV.
Collated, 64 plates total of 66. Lacking plates I and XXV. Volume III is lacking half-title.
A scarce work.
Translated into French by the physicist and teacher M Sigaud de la Fond.
The first French language edition, which was published by many Parisian publishers in this year. There is no known authority. This Pissot imprint appears scarce.
Musschenbroek/Mussenbroek was a pioneering physicist who wrote in many disciplines and was one of the first scientists to provide descriptions of testing machines for tension, compression and flexure testing. He extensively studied Isaac Newton and developed many of his own hypotheses based on the lectures and writings of Newton. This is a guidebook to Musschenbroek's own experiments and shows the influence of Newton, Galileo, Torricelli, Huygens and many others.
The plates remain extremely bright and in a lovely condition.
An important work in the history of physics.
In full mottled calf bindings. Externally, generally smart with rubbing to the joints and extremities. Small loss to the spine labels at the corners of volumes II and III. Spine labels to volume I are lacking entirely. Front hinge and joint to volumes I and III are tender. Small loss to the leather at the board edges. Prior owner's bookplate to the front pastedown of volumes I and II, Royal Meterological Society. Contemporary bookseller's label 'A La Haye Chez Detune Libraire' to the front pastedown of all volumes. Corner of front free endpaper to volume II has been removed. Volume III is lacking endpapers. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Pages are bright. Occasional light spots to pages.
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