Paris: Andreas Wechel, 1566.
1st Edition. Soft cover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003386
4to (223 x 174 mm).  2-19 leaves. Title in Greek and Latin, text in Greek, title with woodcut printer's device, woodcut initial, 17 woodcut text diagrams and 9 text illustrations. Bound without final blank E4. Signatures: A-E4 (-E4). Later simple paper wrappers, 18th century stitching. Text very little browned, light unobtrusive dampstaining to upper and lower blank margin, minor occasional spotting, but generally crisp and clean. Contemporary annotations in ink on f.5r. Provenance: Jacques Lacan. ----
Graesse, I, 212; Honeyman 145 (2nd edition only); DSB I, pp. 250-58; DSB XI, pp. 286-9; not in Roberts & Trent, Biblitheca Mechanica. VERY RARE FIRST SEPARATE EDITION of this treatise on mechanics attributed to Aristotle and very elegantly printed in Greek by André Wechel. The text, combining mathematics and physics, played a major role in the history of science during the Renaissance. Long forgotten, it was Aldus who, in 1497, printed it for the first time. It stands as an important source for mathematicians, allowing them to solve problems of dynamics, statics, weight and speed. Interest in this work in France was rekindled by the mathematician Pierre de la Ramée (Peter Ramus), who, some time before the publication of the text by Wechel, gave a lecture on Mechanica. It is also likely that he contributed to this edition. - Visit our website to see more images!
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