Evangelista Torricelli letter to Marin Marsenne, 1645.
1 leaf : paper ; 275 x 201 mm.
- Geometry -- Early works to 1800.
Mathematics -- Early works to 1800.
Optics -- Early works to 1800.
Florence (Italy) -- History -- 1421-1737.
- Manuscripts, Latin -- 17th century.
- In Latin.
- Mathematician and philosopher in the court of Ferdinando II, Grand Duke of Tuscany.
- Letter in Torricelli's cursive hand to Father Marin Mersenne, praising a lens owned by Ferdinando II, promising to send a lens he himself made, and discussing spherical geometry. Written from Florence, dated 9 January 1645, on a single paper leaf with a watermark of a bishop's miter. Tipped into a modern morocco binding with gilt title and erroneous date of 1649.
- Local notes:
- Lawrence J. Schoenberg & Barbara Brizdle Manuscript Initiative.
- Penn Provenance:
- Formerly owned by Sir Thomas Phillipps; sold as part of the residue of the Phillipps collection first to William H. Robinson Ltd., 1945, and again to H.P. Kraus, March 1978.
Appears in H. P. Kraus's cat. 155 (1980), no. 89, and cat. 186 (1991), no. 156.
Formerly owned by John D. Stanitz (Cleveland, Ohio), Ms. 32.
Acquired by Lawrence J. Schoenberg with other Stanitz manuscripts, Sept. 1997.
Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2013.
- Cited in:
- Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), p. 116 (LJS 201).
- Cited as:
- LJS 201
- Mersenne, Marin, 1588-1648, recipient.
Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872, former owner.
Stanitz, John D., former owner.
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