GUERICKE, Otto van.

Lot 213: Guericke's Experimenta, fine copy from the family of the author

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

June 19, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Description: SCIENCE - GUERICKE, Otto van. Experimenta Nova (ut vocantur) Magdeburgica de Vacuo Spatio. Primùm à R.P. Gaspare Schotto, è Societate Jesu, & Herbipolitanae Academiae Matheseos Professore: Nunc verò ab ipso Auctore Perfectiùs edita, variisque aliis Experimentis aucta. Quibus accesserunt simul certa quaedam. De Aeris Pondere circa Terram; de Virtutibus Mundanis, & Systemate Mundi Planetario; sicut & de Stellis Fixis, ac Spatio illo Immenso, quod tàm intra quam extra eas funditur. Amsterdam, Janssonium à Waesberge, 1672. Folio. Contemp. boards. With engraved title, portrait of Otto de Guericke, 2 folded engraved plates and 21 text engravings (incl. 7 full-page). Plate XVIII, p. 143, repeated on p. 148, as issued. Spine damaged, back cover loose, plate p. 22/23 has to be reattached in spine, from p. 217-end waterstains in the centre of the pages, but in general a very fresh and good copy of this important work in the original boards. Name-entry Gericke (member of the Dutch branch of the Guericke/Gericke's, a noble family (since 1833)). 244, (5) pp. Very rare.
Artist or Maker: GUERICKE, Otto van.
Provenance: The family of the author
Otto van Guericke's work on the Magdeburg hemispheres experiment is considered as 'One of the Hundred Books Famous in Science' (Horblit, Grolier Club). We offer a very fine copy from the family of the author. Including of course the legendary engraving showing the sixteen horses pulling in vain under the hemispheres in the sky and the silhouette of Magdeburg in the background.
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