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2 June 2008
CASTELLI, Benedetto (1578-1643). Della misura dell'acque correnti. Rome: Francesco Cavalli, 1639. 4° (211 x 152mm). Additional engraved title on verso of half-title, woodcut illustrations and decorations (browned to a greater or lesser extent throughout). Contemporary calf, leather label on spine, rubbed. Provenance: from the Barberini library (stamp at foot of engraved title).
Second edition of the work 'considered to be the beginning of modern hydraulics. Its fundamental propositions related the areas of cross sections of a river to the volumes of water passing in a given time...Castelli's correspondence shows quite clearly that his studies of hydraulics were chiefly of an experimental character. It is of interest in this connection that he obtained from Galileo the length of an approximate seconds pendulum for use in his experiments" (DSB), Castelli was one of Galileo's closest associates and an active disseminator of Galileo's work and methods. Carli and Favaro 171; Bibliotheca Mechanica, pp. 66-67; Riccardi I, 290.
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