De gravitate universali corporum libri tres.
Milan: Giuseppe Galeazzi, 1768.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003033
4to (272 x 201 mm). , 420 pp. Printer's woodcut device on title, 6 folding engraved plates. Early 19th century half calf over marbled boards, spine decorated in gilt and with two gilt lettering pieces (wear to hinges, spine and extremities rubbed), red-dyed edges. Text generally crisp and clean, occasional minor soiling or spotting. Provenance: Giancarlo Beltrame Library. A near fine, wide-margined copy. ----
DSB V, p.195; Riccardi I, 487:22 ("Questa voluminosa e dotta opera... che puo considerassi come uno dei primi e più completi tratti di meccanica celeste, meritava anche per la sua rarita di non essere dimenticata dal Brunet"). - RARE FIRST EDITION of Frisi's work on celestial mechanics. Paolo Frisi (1728-1784), mathematician, astronomer, presbyter and publicist, was a prominent figure in science and mathematics in Italy of his time. In 1764 he was appointed professor of mathematics in the Palatine Schools and obtained from Pope Pius VI the dissolution from the ecclesiastical jurisdiction and the authorization to become a secular priest. In 1766 he visited France and England and in 1768 Vienna. Later he became director of an architecture school in Milan. Frisi wrote several texts on Galilei, Bonaventura Cavalieri, Isaac Newton and Jean d'Alembert, contributing significantly to the dissemination of their ideas in Italy. He gave numerous contributions to mathematics, physics and astronomy. In physics he works on light and electricity, on themes advanced for his time, but explaining these phenomena with the vibrations of the ether. His works in astronomy, like this one, have the merit of relying on Newton's theory of gravitation. De gravitate covered almost all developments in mathematical physics from Newton to the mid-eighteenth century, including general mechanics, motion of a planets around the sun and the three-body problem, fluid mechanics, optics, meteorology, physics of the atmosphere, and structure of the earth. The content wasn't new, Frisi ordered results dispersed in numerous publications, not using advanced analysis, but a combination of elemental analysis and synthetic geometry. Mostly, therefore, the innovations it brought consisted of simplifications obtained by replacing the mathematical role of the original demonstrations with a more traditional or accessible point of view. In general, therefore, he was not an innovative scientist; some of its results were relatively marginal; others did not stand up to the checks. His work however was of high application and pedagogical level. (ref. U. Baldini, Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Vol. 50, 1998). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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