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    Landmarks of Science & Medicine from the Library of Andras Gedeon

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 52

    BERGMAN, Sir Torbern Olof (1735-1784). "Rön om Coccus aquaticus", volume XVII, pp.199-204.

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    BERGMAN, Sir Torbern Olof (1735-1784). "Rön om Coccus aquaticus", volume XVII, pp.199-204.
    "Anmärkningar om Tysta Eld-sken", volume XXI, pp.63-69.
    "Anmärkning om Islands Krystalls Electricitet", volume XXIII, pp.62-65.
    "Et sällsamt Galläple", volume XXIII, pp.139-43. Folding engraved plate.
    "Afhandling om Nordskenens Högd", volume XXV, pp.193-210.
    "Afhandling om Tourmalinens Electriska egenskaper", volume XXVII, pp.57-68.
    "Tilläggning om Nordskenens högd", volume XXVII, pp.224-27.
    "Anmärkningar om Vestgötha Bergen", volume XXIX, pp.324-36.
    KLINGENSTIERNA, Samuel (1698-1765). "Om Ljus-strälars aberration ester deras brytning genom Sphaeriske Superficier och Lentes", volume XXI, pp.79-125.

    In: Kongl. Vetenskaps Academiens Handlingar. Stockholm: Lars Salvius, 1748-68. 10 volumes only (i.e. vol.IX, XI, XIV, XVII, XIX, XXI, XXIII, XXV, XXVII & XXIX), 8° (194 x 115mm). Contemporary calf (last 4 volumes not uniform), gilt spines (mostly a little rubbed).
    Provenance: gilt supralibros of Vollrat Vilhelm (1731-1803).

    A collection of eight articles and papers submitted to the Swedish Academy by Torbern Olof Bergman including his discovery, made when he was still a student and praised by Linnaeus, that the coccus aquaticus is not an insect but the egg of the leech. The other important paper in the collection is by Klingenstierna. 'After reading Dollond's paper [on lenses] Klingenstierna took up the problem of achromatic and aplanatic lens systems for theoretical investigation. In 1760 he published in Kunliga Svenska vetenskapsakademiens Handlingar a comprehensive theory for such lens systems, referring to Dollond's experimental results and mentioning that he had made Dollond aware of his proof that Newton's assertion was wrong. Klingenstiernia's important 1760 paper is now considered a classic contribution to geometrical optics, paving the way for the later works of Abbe and Gullstrand' (DSB). (10)

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