CAVALIERI, Bonaventura (1598-1647). Lo Specchio ustorio. Bologna: Clemente Ferroni, 1632. 4° (205 x 145mm). 10 woodcut folding plates, last leaf of advice to booksellers. (Small chip to title and lower edge not affecting text, tear and chip to margin of plate 9 and N3, small marginal tear to bookseller's advice leaf without loss, the whole slightly dampstained at lower margin, increasing into text from quire Q.) Contemporary vellum (worn). Provenance: Frater Sigismondus (early ink ownership inscription to title).

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CAVALIERI, Bonaventura (1598-1647). Lo Specchio ustorio. Bologna: Clemente Ferroni, 1632. 4° (205 x 145mm). 10 woodcut folding plates, last leaf of advice to booksellers. (Small chip to title and lower edge not affecting text, tear and chip to margin of plate 9 and N3, small marginal tear to bookseller's advice leaf without loss, the whole slightly dampstained at lower margin, increasing into text from quire Q.) Contemporary vellum (worn). Provenance: Frater Sigismondus (early ink ownership inscription to title).

FIRST EDITION of this important work on conic sections - hyperbolas, ellipses and parabolas - and their 'marvellous effects', among which is the celebrated mirror of Archimedes, allegedly used at Syracuse to set fire to ships (DSB III 153). Carli-Favaro 29 (132); Cinti 190 (92); De Caro 63; Honeyman II 642; Norman I 148 (418); Riccardi I 323.
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