Dissertatio de Telluris Figura habita in Seminario Romano So. Jesu.…. Ruggero Giuseppe BOSCOVICH.

Dissertatio de Telluris Figura habita in Seminario Romano So. Jesu.…

One folding engraved plate. xxiii pp. Large 4to, attractive modern decorated paper over semi-stiff boards. Rome: A. de Rubeis, [1739].

First edition of one of Boscovich’s first publications. “Early in his career his interest was drawn to the problem of the size and shape of the earth, an issue intensively discussed in the first half of the eighteenth century, since its resolution was thought to be crucial in an eventual choice between a Cartesian cosmology of vortices, which predicted an earth slightly elongated at the poles, and a Newtonian one of inertial motion under attractive forces, in which case the globe should be slightly flattened.”–D.S.B., II, p. 329.

In this work, “contemporary reviewers read a plea for removing the works of Copernicus from the Index.”–Hill, “Roger Boscovich. A Biographical Essay” in Whyte, ed., Roger Joseph Boscovich (1961), p. 32.

Fine copy.

❧ Riccardi, I, 173.

Price: $5,000.00

Item ID: 6011

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