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Ms. Codex 642 - Della mechanica
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Title:
Della mechanica [manuscript].
Origin:
[Italy, between 1763 and 1784]
Physical description:
136 leaves : paper, ill. ; 288 x 201 (259 x 136) mm. bound to 298 x 215 mm. + 5 notes.
Summary:
A collection of treatises or possibly lecture notes on geometry, astronomy, mechanics and artillery. Comprises three sections or notebooks bound together at a later time; the first, Della mechanica, discusses geometry and trigonometry (ff. 1-60); the second, astronomy (ff. 61-108); and the third is an account of a manuscript treatise sent to the author by Francisco Corner on artillery trials carried out at Carpi in June 1784 (ff. 109-127).
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title from caption title (f. 1r).
Foliation: Paper, iii (modern paper) + 136 + i (modern paper); [1-136]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. Five leaves are laid inside cardboard cover after f. 60; section two is bound in another contemporary cardboard cover, before f. 61 and after f. 108.
Script: Written in a cursive script by what appears to be a single hand.
Decoration: Illustrated with diagrams throughout in a wide left margin in sections one and two and a wide right margin in section three. A full page diagram of a sphere is tipped onto f. 69.
Date 1763 appears in an example on f. 101; 1764 on leaves laid in after f. 60; final section is dated 1784 (f. 109).
Binding: Early 19th-century half calf with marbled boards. Spine cracked at upper hinge.
Origin: Written in Italy between 1763 (f. 101r) and 1784 (f. 109r).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 642.
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 642
 
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