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ARCHIMEDES; RIVAULT, David (editor).

Opera quae extant.

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Paris, Claude Morel, 1615

First bilingual Rivault edition of the complete works of Archimedes (c.287-212 BC), one of the greatest mathematicians of all time and founder of hydrostatics and theoretical mechanics. Among his contributions to mathematics and science is his discovery of the principle of specific gravity, a method for calculating the centres of gravity, an approximation of the value of pi and a system for expressing very large numbers. Brunet considered this one of the two finest editions of Archimedes.

The editor, David Rivault (1571-1616), was an intimate of the great classical scholars Casaubon and Scaliger, as well as a Gentleman of the Bedchamber to Henry IV of France, and a tutor to Louis XIII from 1612 until he was dismissed for striking his charge's pet dog. Rivault is credited with discovering that water, when confined in a bombshell and heated, would explode the shell. His discovery is seen as one of the

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[Greek and Latin text] Second edition, first bilingual edition, folio, (33.5 x 21.6 cm); title page in red and black with printer's device, numerous woodcut mathematical diagrams in text, ornamental head- and tailpieces and initials, pages browned, evidence of wormholes at the top centre of R, S, T very close to the seam and Kk - Mm along the seam but not interfering with the text; 18th-century full vellum with gilt lettering to spine, edges in blue, mild wormholes on upper board and spine, some soiling to boards, corners slightly rubbed; [44] 549 pp. (i.e. 551 with frequent misnumberings).


Brunet I 384; Graesse I 180; Riccardi I 43.7

Stock ID:105578

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