London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
BERNOULLI, Daniel (1700-1782). Hydrodynamica, sive de viribus et motibus fluidorum commentarii. Strasbourg: J.R. Dulsecker, 1738, 4° (238 x 187mm). Title printed in red and black and with a vignette by I.M. Weis, 12 folding plates (occasional light browning and foxing). Contemporary vellum, red edges (head of spine very slightly worn). Provenance: Buzengeiger (signature on title, dated 1802).
FIRST EDITION of Daniel Bernoulli's most important work, the foundation of modern hydrodynamics (a term first employed in this book), and containing his formulae for calculating the velocity, duration and quantity of liquid issuing from an opening in a container. Other chapters deal with water oscillations, a theory of machinery (including an extensive treatment of the screw of Archimedes) and an important section which introduces his kinetic gas theory. Gedeon pp.104-6; Norman 215.
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