Engraved port. of the author & an engraved vignette on title. Title printed in red & black. xxiv, 303 pp. Large 4to, cont. vellum over boards (minor worming at front & back). Florence: Tartini & Franchi, 1721.
First edition of this posthumously issued collection of letters by this famous scientist who has the distinction “of having written the best scientific prose in Italian after that of Galileo; his descriptions of experiments in physics are written in colorful, almost dramatic, language.”–D.S.B., IX, p. 3. Essays include those on light (addressed to Viviani), Galileo, the effects of snow, the comet of 1664, horticulture and the culture of vines, the sense of smell, circulation of blood, and languages.
Magalotti (1637-1712), was one of the first ten members of the Accademia del Cimento and was its secretary. He studied with Viviani and attended lectures given by Malpighi and Borelli.
Apart from the unimportant worming, a fine copy. Bookplate of S. Villani.
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