8vo, pp. xvi, 186 (i.e. 188), I-IV, 187-190, 193-380; with four folding engraved plates and many tables in the text; occasional light foxing, but a very good copy in contemporary carta rustica; ink purchase note dated July 1792 to the front free end-paper, nineteenth-century armorial bookplate to the front paste-down, faded ink titling to the spine, remains of paper label at foot of spine.
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Fascetto di pratiche matematiche spiegato alle persone popolari per uso del comercio umano, e civile, in questa seconda edizione corretto ed accresciuto di altre molte importanti notizie.
A lovely copy of the second edition, considerably augmented from the first of 1754, of this book of applied mathematical problems by the Veronese mathematician Gaetano Marzaglia (1716-1787), heavily influenced by the work of Wolff, who provides the motto to the book, and whose works he edited and expanded. The work contains arithmetical and geometrical problems applied to mercantile, architectural, and industrial settings, dealing with the nature of money, and of weights and measures, the construction of sundials, and the division of royalties within trading companies, among many other questions. One interesting section discusses the measurement of metal coins through water displacement. Marzaglia was professor of mathematics at the Military College in Verona, and a correspondent of many of the leading scientists and mathematicians in Europe, in particular with Scipione Maffei.
Riccardi II, 130-131 (s.v. Marzagaglia). Beside a handful of copies in Italy, OCLC finds 2 copies in the UK (Cambridge and Oxford) and 1 in the US (Stanford).
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