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[Acoustics]. Chladni, Ernst Florens Friedrich. Traité d'Acoustique,... avec huite Planches. Paris: Chez Courcier, 1809. First edition in French. Octavo. [4], xxviii, 375pp. Eight folding engraved plates. 48pp. publisher's catalogue bound in at end. Numerous tables within text. Contemporary and probably original sheep over marbled boards, orange label lettered in gilt, spine ruled in gilt with a roll, uncut. Minor rubbing, occasional light spotting; still a fine, unsophisticated copy. Fine.
First edition in French, translated by Chladni himself from his 1802 treatise on acoustics. Chladni, an amateur musician and instrument maker fascinated by the phenomenon of sound, established acoustics as a science. In his earlier work 'New Discoveries in the Theory of Sound, 1787, he demonstrated the method of sprinkling sand on plates of glass or metal and drawing a bow down their sides to produce a visible vibration pattern known to this day as "Chladni figures". The present work, published in German in 1802, greatly enlarged his results. In the present first French edition Chladni included autobiographical material in the preface which was not in the German edition. "Chladni, professor of physics in Breslau, was the first to reduce the general association between vibration and pitch to a tabular basis and thus lay the foundation of the modern science of acoustics" -Printing and the Mind of Man 233b (original edition in German). Bibliotheca Mechanica, page 71 (this edition); DSB III, 258-59. (#kfk197) $1,400.00

 

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