Oeuvres du Comte Algarotti. Traduit de l'Italien. [8 volumes in 7].
by ALGAROTTI, Francesco (1712-1764).
Berlin:: G. J. Decker, 1772., 1772. 8 books bound in 7 volumes. Small 8vo. xxx, 398, ; 476, ; 536, ; 419, ; 494, ; 360, ; 390, [xii], 176 pp. Two engraved frontispieces (vols. I & VIII), title vignettes, titles printed in red and black, headpieces; some browning. Original brown blind- and gilt-stamped mottled calf; light wear to spine ends, vol. VII-VIII rear joint with kozo repair. Very handsome set. FRENCH EDITION, translated from the Italian by Belletier, with the very rare eighth volume being the biography of the author. Algarotti was every much the popularizer and educator to the public (especially women). An excellent example is his work, Neutonianismo per le dame, ("Newtonism for Ladies"), issued in 1737, which gave a non-mathematical explanation of Newton's philosophy of science, in particular his optics, a history of physics, an explanation of the hypothesis of Descartes on the nature of light and colors. He continued with an exposition on the general principles of optics, the eye and vision, and treatments of Descartes and the French Cartesian Nicolas Malebranche (1638-1715) on the nature of light and colors. Vol. I, Chap. III & IV, are focused on the system of Newton's optics. Chap. V deals with the principles of universal attraction and its application to optical science. Chap. VI contains refutations on the theory of colors and Newton's theories. With the conclusion of vol. I he adds an explanation of the function of the eyes & vision, being that what ones sees is reversed in the brain and how seeing any object is a function of two eyes witnessing a single object. He finishes vol. I with a letter to Fontenelle and the subject of his own treatise on Newtonism for Ladies. / Cartee dialogue, ou l'on explique comment nous voyons droits les objets qui dans notre oeil se peignent renverses; & comment nous ne voyons qu'un objet, quoiqu'il s'en peigne deux images dans nos yeux. / Count Francesco Algarotti (1712–1764), Venetian polymath, philosopher, poet, essayist, anglophile, art critic and art collector. He was "one of the first Esprits cavaliers of the age," a man of broad knowledge, an expert in Newtonianism, architecture and music and a friend of most of the leading authors of his times: Voltaire, Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, Pierre-Louis de Maupertuis and the atheist Julien Offray de La Mettrie. Lord Chesterfield, Thomas Gray, George Lyttelton, Thomas Hollis, Metastasio, Benedict XIV and Heinrich von Bruhl were among his correspondents. / Contents:  Dialogues sur l'optique de Newton.  Essais sur les beaux-arts: Essai sur l'Academie de France etablie a Rome. Essai sur l'architecture. Essai sur la peinture [anatomy, perspective, symmetry, color, costume, invention, etc.]. Essai sur l'opera [music & dance]. Enee a Troie?. Iphigenie en Aulide, opera.  Essais sur divers sujets. [The necessity of writing, the French language, rhyme, the duration of the reigns of the king of Rome, the battle of Zama, the empire of the Incas, why great geniuses appear together, come from the influence of climates or legislation, paganism, Descartes, commerce, Horace)].  OEuvres militaires.  Voyage de Russie: pensee diverses. [Including metallurgy in Russia].  Lettres sur la peinture. Lettres sur l'architecture.  Le Congres de Cythere: Lettres". Avec le Jugement de l'Amour sur ce congres. Epîtres en vers. Lettres.  Memoires concernant la vie et les ecrits… [by Domenico Michelessi].
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