FIRST EDITION OF BERNOULLI'S MASTERPIECE, THE FOUNDATIONAL WORK FOR HYDRODYNAMICS (A TERM BERNOULLI INVENTED).
Bernoulli's "reputation was established in 1738 with Hydrodynamica, in which he considered the properties of basic importance in fluid flow, particularly pressure, density, and velocity, and set forth their fundamental relationship. He put forward what is called Bernoulli’s principle, which states that the pressure in a fluid decreases as its velocity increases. He also established the basis for the kinetic theory of gases and heat by demonstrating that the impact of molecules on a surface would explain pressure and that, assuming the constant, random motion of molecules, pressure and motion increase with temperature" (Britannica).
"Besides introducing the first hydraulic theory of fluid flow, this book is the most remarkable general work in theoretical and applied mechanics written in the pre-Langrangean period of the 18th century, based on a deep physical understanding of mechanical phenomena and presenting many new ideas for the following scientific progress" (Mikhailov, in Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics, 1640-1940).
Complete with 12 folding engraved plates and 86 illustrations. Quarto (254x195mm), contemporary full calf rebacked with the elaborately gilt-decorated original spine laid-down, marbled endpapers, text block edges dyed red. Handsome armorial bookplate on front pastedown. First table separated from stub. Calf with a few minor scuffs. Text nearly pristine. A beautiful copy in handsome contemporary binding.
Price: $12,000 .