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Likely an independent translation of Mariotte’s Traité du mouvement des eaux et des autres corps fluids, whose wording consistently differs from the known and published English translation. According to the secondary literature on this work, its first English translation was published in 1718. When the Dibner Library acquired this work from Bern Dibner, the annotated catalog described a box spine label with the date 1690 affixed. If the dating of this manuscript is correct, it predates the known 1718 translation but never appeared in print. This is the only known copy. Judging by the watermarks, this book may have been written in France in the 17th century. Written in a tiny hand, this manuscript faithfully translates not only Mariotte’s text but also copies the accompanying illustrations.
246 Total Pages 24 Contributing Members
Signed at the end by "Schimpff, Second Lieutenant im Badischen Pionier Bataillon Nr. 14," this late nineteenth-century manuscript contains notes from an unidentified manual on the construction and use of military airships and their launching parks.
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Ernst Mach was an Austrian-Czech physicist and philosopher (born 1838 died 1916) who made contributions to physics and the philosophy of science. Mach was the first to study super-sonic motion. Einstein credited him as the philosophical forerunner to the theory of relativity with his critique of Newtonian physics.
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Humphry Davy is a famous British scientist and inventor from Cornwall who was active from the late 18th century through the early 19th century (born 1778 died 1829). He is best known for his work in chemistry including discovery of new elements (such as alkaline metals), chemical basis of electrical interactions, and invention of miner's safety lamp.
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Isaac Newton penned these four pages of notes on the works of Pierre-Jean Fabre, a well-known 17th century French Paracelsian alchemist and physician. We know Newton owned a copy of Fabre’s Opera, published after Fabre’s death in Frankfurt in 1652, which contains the two works cited here: Hydrographum spagyricum (1639) and Palladium spagyricum (1624). Clearly written in Latin with citations to specific pages of the two books, this manuscript reveals which of Fabre’s passages were most important to Newton.
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Though Sir Isaac Newton’s work in chemistry is often overshadowed by his more celebrated discoveries in physics, his enduring interest in early chemistry (chymistry) is well recorded by the extensive collection of personal papers still surviving. In these four pages of notes, an oft-hidden side of Newton is revealed; his interest in alchemy and the occult.
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John K. Tiffany’s early manuscript copy of his Philatelic Index, mechanically reproduced with handwritten addenda, from 1880-1881, predates his 1874 publication of the philatelic catalog/index The Philatelical Library: A Catalogue of Stamp Publications. While the index was reproduced as a facsimile after the publication of The Philatelical Library, it was compiled by Tiffany before The Philatelical Library's publication.
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The Escadrille Lafayette or Escadrille Americaine was formed April 18, l9l6, as a volunteer unit (Escadrille n. 124) in the French Army. Capitaine Georges Thenault was the French commander of this squadron of American volunteers. On February 18, 1918, ceased as a unit of the French Army and merged into the U.S. Air Corps as the 103rd pursuit squadron.
504 Total Pages 346 Contributing Members
Mary Smith’s Commonplace Book Concerning Science and Mathematics is a two volume hand-written manuscript, which dates from around 1769-1780. The manuscript is a remarkable collection of personal writings and summaries of articles concerning everything from science and math to medicine and religion.
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Poetry and prose [manuscript] / selected by Mary Jane Wynkoop at Miss Gorham's School, Elizabeth Town, February 28th 1824.
This carefully lettered and illustrated collection of poetry, prose and puzzles provides a glimpse into the education of a 14-year old girl, when formal schooling for middle class American females was first emerging. Help us transcribe it to better understand young women’s education in 1820’s America.