Ten folding engraved plates. viii, 368 pp. Large 4to, orig. paste-paper wrappers (a bit frayed), printed paper label on spine, uncut. Paris: Bachelier, 1821.
First collected edition and quite scarce on the market. “Coulomb’s collected memoirs on mechanics. The first of these deals with simple machines and won the Academy prize of 1779. The second is a study of friction at pivots, and the third deals with torsion and the elasticity of metal wire. In the fourth memoir Coulomb discusses man’s ability to perform work, quoting Daniel Bernoulli and d’Alembert. The fifth memoir is devoted to windmills and the force of their wings, while the last is his famous memoir, ‘Sur une application des règles de maximis et minimis à quelques problèmes de statique relatif à l’architecture’ (1773).”–Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, pp. 82-83.
Fine copy in original state. From the library of Marchese Giulio Stanga Carlo Trecco (d. 1832), amateur mathematician and physicist who formed a large collection of scientific instruments.
❧ D.S.B., III, pp. 439-46.
Item ID: 6382