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2 June 2008
VIVIANI, Vincenzo (1622-1703). Discorso ... intorno al difendersi da' riempimenti, e dalle corrosioni de' fiumi applicato ad Arno in vicinanza della città di Firenze. Florence: Piero Matini, 1688. 4° (247 x 174mm). Woodcut Medici arms on title (a little light spotting). Contemporary vellum (a little worn). Engineering Society (rerlease stamp, dated 1945 on title-verso).
FIRST EDITION of Viviani's only work on engineering in which he discusses the flow of the Arno. As well as being court mathematician to Grand Duke Ferdinand de Medici, Viviani was also given the post of chief engineer with the Uffiziali dei Fiumi, a position he held for all of his life. It was Ferdinand who introduced Viviani to Galileo whose friend and disciple he became. Riccardi I (2), 627. 'Bel discorso'.
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