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    Sale 5141

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts

    12 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 14

    COMMANDINO, Federico (1509-1575). Liber de centro grauitatis solidorum. Bologna: Alessandro Benacci, 1565. 4° (205 x 148mm). Woodcut diagrams in the text (lacks the final blank, a little light spotting). Modern boards.

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    COMMANDINO, Federico (1509-1575). Liber de centro grauitatis solidorum. Bologna: Alessandro Benacci, 1565. 4° (205 x 148mm). Woodcut diagrams in the text (lacks the final blank, a little light spotting). Modern boards.

    FIRST EDITION of Commandino's interpretation and development of Archimedes' theories expressed in the latter's treatise on floating bodies. The present work directly influenced Guidubaldo dal Monte and his definition of the centre of gravity was later adopted by Galileo. Adams C2467; Edit-on line 12872; not in Riccardi (in spite of his statement that his own Commandino collection was the largest in the world).


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