17 June 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 6,250
Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000
CHLADNI, Ernst Florens Friedrich (1756-1827). Entdeckungen über die Theorie des Klanges. Leipzig: Weidmanns Erben und Reich, 1787.
4o (213 x 170 mm). 11 engraved plates by Johann Stephan Capieux (A2-B4 some minor worming to blank margins). Contemporary boards.
FIRST EDITION. "The production of sound from solid bodies was not clearly understood until Chladni devised the method of sand figures to illustrate the structure of vibrations in a solid body" (Norman). He demonstrated the method by sprinkling sand on plates of glass or metal and drawing a bow down their sides to produce a visible vibration pattern called "Chladni figures." As in most copies A2 is a cancel. Dibner Heralds of Science 150; PMM 233a; Norman 480; Sparrow Milestones of Science 39.
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