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Discours sur les Ancres.

Piéce qui a remporté le premier Prix proposés par l'Académie Royale des Sciences pour l'année 1737.

Published: Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1737

Stock code: 91675

Price: £3,000

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First edition. Extremely uncommon, OCLC locates just two copies: Swiss National Library and the Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon. Bernoulli’s paper was the winner of a competition set by the Académie Royale des Sciences to answer the question of what was the best possible shape for anchors. The volume also contains the second prize-winner, Tresaguet’s “Memoire sur la Fabrique des Ancres”, and the joint third place essays, Bernoulli’s son Daniel’s “Réfléxions sur la Meillure Figure a donner aux Ancres …”, and le Marquis Poleni’s “Dissertations Latines sur les Ancres …” Interesting and well-illustrated collection of papers exemplifying the French state’s efforts to rationalize ship design and production during the later seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The feuding Swiss Bernoulli scientific dynasty were important contributors to a number of key areas of research, Johann or Jean made significant advances towards the development of calculus, while his son Daniel is particularly remembered for his applications of mathematics to mechanics, especially fluid mechanics, and for his pioneering work in probability and statistics.

Quarto (246 190 mm). Contemporary spotted calf, neatly rebacked to style, red morocco label, floral tools gilt to the compartments, French fillet panel gilt to the boards, double fillet edge-roll, marbled edges and endpapers. 24 folding engraved plates. A little rubbed, light browning, but a very good copy.

Bibliography: Polak 9740, 10998, 9739, 10752.

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