4to., nineteenth-century quarter leather binding with marbled boards and gilt lettering and ornamentation to spine, pp. xliv, 476, with allegorical frontispiece copper-engraved by Carlo Gregori after a drawing by Mauro Soderini, two prominent Florentine artists in their day; elegant copper-engraved printer’s colophon to title page, title page printed in red and black, the Altoviti coat of arms, also copper-engraved, heading the dedicatory letter (addressed to Giovanni Battista and Flaminio Altoviti) which has an elaborate copper-engraved initial, and other copper-engraved headings and initials throughout; 9 folding plates with diagrammatic illustrations; numerous tables. Minimal worming to the lower margin of the first half of the book, with no loss of text, subtle traces of restoration to the title page; otherwise an excellent copy. A first edition of this rare treatise on armillary spheres. Alberto Pappiani (1709-1790) was an Italian mathematician and astronomer who lived in Florence. He was cleric at the Scuole Pie and lecturer in philosophy and mathematics at the Collegio Fiorentino. He was also president of the Accademia de’ Teologi Dogmatici. Text in Italian.
Della sfera armillare e dell’ uso di essa nella astronomia nautica e gnomonica.
Cadell, W.A., A journey in Carniola, Italy, and France, in the years 1817, 1818, containing remarks relating to language, geography, history, antiquities, natural history, science, painting, sculpture, architecture, agriculture, the mechanical arts and Manufactures., Printed for Archibald Constable & Co 1820