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GUERICKE, Otto von (1602-1686). Experimenta nova (ut vocantur) Magdeburgica, de vacuo spatio. Amsterdam: Johannes Jansson Waesberge, 1672.
2o (310 x 192 mm). Additional engraved title, engraved portrait, 7 full-page engraved plates (one repeated), 2 double-page engraved plates and 24 engraved diagrams and figures in text. Contemporary blindstamped vellum; morocco folding case.
Provenance: Sandbergs (booksellers label on front paste-down).
FIRST EDITION. Although diplomacy (during the Thirty Year War) and the position of Mayor of Magdeburg consumed much of Guericke's time he devoted his brief leisure to scientific experiments. In the Experimenta nova Guericke describes his invention of the air-pump and the famous Magdeburg experiment of 1657, in which two teams of horses were employed in an unsuccessful attempt to separate two copper hemispheres from which the air had been withdrawn. "A book of prime importance in electrical discovery, air-pressure and the vacuum pump" (Dibner). A FINE COPY. Dibner Heralds of Science 55; Grolier/Horblit 44; Sparrow Milestones of Science 90; NLM/Krivatsy 5074; Wellcome III, p.175; Wheeler Gift 170; Norman 952.
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