De Maximis et Minimis Geometrica Divinatio in Quintum Conicorum Apollonii Pergaei.
Two full-page engraved plates on one double-page sheet, two woodcut plates, & numerous woodcut diagrams in the text. Woodcut of Medici arms on titles which are printed in red & black. Two parts in one vol. 8 p.l., 154 pp.; 2 p.l., 154 pp., one leaf of errata. Folio, cont. vellum over boards (a bit of foxing). Florence: J. Cocchini, 1659.
First edition and a splendid copy of the author’s first book in which Viviani attempted a reconstruction of the important fifth book of Apollonius’ Conics, a text at that time lost. The Conics was in eight books, but only... More