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general science - 12 titles

Author:  Leonardo da Vinci (1542-1519)
Title/Imprint: Il Codice Atlantico
12 vols.; Johnson Reprint: New York , 1973-77

Leonardo's famed scientific and engineering notebooks in Milan were faithfully reproduced during a restoration in the 1960s and issued in 998 sets providing a detailed view of the over 2000 pages of the entire codex.

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Author:  Denis Dodart (1634-1707)
Title/Imprint: Mémoires pour Servir à l'Histoire des Plantes
Imprimerie Royale: Paris , 1676

This work dealt with the botanical works of the Academie des Sciences.

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Author:  Aristotle
Title/Imprint: Eis Organon Aristolelous
5 vols.; Aldus Manucius: Venice , 1495

Aristotle vast intellectual range was incredibly influential and his writings and teachings influences Western science for centuries. This work is the first appearance in print of his complete works in the original Greek, a splendid typographical production by the great Venetian printer, Aldus Manutius.

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Author:  Titus Lucretius Carus
Title/Imprint: De Rerum Natura
[94] leaves ; 33 cm. (fol.); Fridenperger: Verona , 28 Sept. 1486

Lucretius' work, in the form of an epic poem, tells of the theories of his teacher, the Greek philosopher Epicurus, demonstrating the workings of his model of a universe based on the atom as the fundamental particle.

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Author:  Roger Bacon (1214?-1294)
Title/Imprint: Opus Majus
Gulielmi Bowyer: London , 1733

Bacon was an early proponent of experimental science and expounded on many subjects in a manner that seems quite modern. This work was produced after he informed Pope Clement IV of his ideas and in it he urged the pope of the importance of carrying out Bacon's scientific reforms.

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Author:  Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Title/Imprint: Instauratio Magna
Joannem Billium: London , 1620

Bacon had a great plan for the assessment of all knowledge and planned to codify it in a series of works called the Instauratio Magna. He never completed it, but in this work (also known as the Novum Organum), actually the second part of the Instauratio (it was the first to appear), he outlines his what he feels is the correct way of "interpreting nature."

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Author:  Accademia del Cimento
Title/Imprint: Saggi di Naturali Esperienze Fatte nell'Accademia del Cimento
Giuseppe Cocchini: Florence , 1667

This is the first book produced by the very first organization designed for group efforts at scientific investigation, the "Accademia del cimento."

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Author:  The Royal Society
Title/Imprint: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London
London , 1665-1820

The Royal Society is the oldest scientific society in Great Britain, founded in 1660. This, their first journal publication, began in 1665 and some of the most important scientific contributions of its members were first published in its pages. The set in the Dibner Library extends up to the year 1820, and later volumes are found in the other libraries in the Smithsonian.

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Author:  Claude Perrault (1613-1688)
Title/Imprint: Mémoires pour Servir à l'Histoire des Animaux
Imprimerie Royale: Paris , 1676

This work dealt with the zoological works of the Academie des Sciences.

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Title/Imprint: Veterum Mathematicorum… Opera, Graece et Latine Pleraque Nunc Primum Edita
Typographia Regia: Paris , 1693

Three of the first works published by the Academie des Sciences, the French counterpart to the London Royal Society, were large and spectacular books that were to be presented as gifts of the King and the Academy. This volume dealt with mathematical and physical sciences

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Title/Imprint: Ortus Sanitatis
Johann Prüss: Strasbourg , before 21 Oct. 1497

This is the first Strasbourg edition of this popular medieval herbal, a work that served as an encyclopedia of medical applications of all things, animal, vegetable, or mineral.

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Title/Imprint: Speculum Diversarum Imaginum Speculativarum
Ioannem Gallæum: Antwerp , 1638

Within this work is the actual Herald of Science, a set of 24 plates known as the Nova Reperta (New Discoveries) that illustrate the new inventions and discoveries of the age, celebrating the genius of the Renaissance.

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