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EULER, Leonhard (1707-1783). Mechanica sive motus scientia analytice exposita. St. Petersburg: at the Press of the Academy of Sciences, 1736.
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EULER, Leonhard (1707-1783). Mechanica sive motus scientia analytice exposita. St. Petersburg: at the Press of the Academy of Sciences, 1736.

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EULER, Leonhard (1707-1783). Mechanica sive motus scientia analytice exposita. St. Petersburg: at the Press of the Academy of Sciences, 1736.

2 volumes, 4° (252 x 193mm). 32 folding engraved plates, one engraved headpiece, woodcut head- and tail pieces. (Title in vol. I repaired along lower inner gutter, both titles lightly browned, closed tear in I4 in vol.II, occasional browning and/or spotting.) 18th-century half calf and drab boards (rubbed, a little soiled, front cover of vol. II with some waterstains). Provenance: erased stamp (at bottom of both titles, leaves repaired on verso) – removed bookplate from pastedown of both volumes.

FIRST EDITION of ‘Euler’s famous work in mechanics in which he introduced the use of analytical methods instead of the geometrical methods of Newton and his followers’ (Roberts and Trent). ‘Euler was the first to appreciate the importance of introducing uniform analytic methods into mechanics, thus enabling its problems to be solved in a clear and direct way’ (DSB). Roberts and Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, pp.103-4.
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