LOT 472

G.J. 's Gravesande. Physices elementa mathematica, experimentis confirmata

Sive Introductio ad philosophiam Newtonianam. Editio teria duplo auctior. Leyden, J.A. Langerak and J. and H. Verbeek, 1742, 2 vols., (4),LXXXVI,700; (3),702-1073,(45) p., w. engr. portrait of Newton by. G. Vertue after I. Vanderbank, engr. title-vignettes and 127 fold. plates, contemp. unif. marbled calf, richly gilt and ribbed spines w. 2 mor. letterpieces, red edges, 4to.

Occ. sl. browning. Some sm. loss of leather at/ near spine-ends, corners bumped/ showing. An attractively bound copy. The original edition of this masterpiece appeared in 1720-1721. Bierens de Haan 1806. 's-Gravesande became famous by the way he demonstrated and popularized the theories of Newton, using instruments he designed himself, which were mostly made by instrument maker Jan van Musschenbroek. The collection of scientific instruments was started 4 decades earlier by 's Gravesandes predecessor Burchard de Volder, a fact that is not mentioned by 's Gravesande himself. It is now known as the Leids Fysisch Kabinet. 's Gravesande used the instruments during his colleges, that attracted students from all over Europe.

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