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Natural philosophy and physics manuscript

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: MS482


  • circa 1740s-1790s

Condition Description

Very good

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Material in this collection is in the public domain.


.1 Linear Feet (1 flat box housing 1 bound volume)

Scope and Contents

In Physicam; Latin Manuscript on Paper.

Italy?, mid- to late-18th century.

Octavo format manuscript on laid paper, each leaf with a pencil border, text in brown ink, single column throughout in a Latin book-hand, about seventeen lines per page, written over 189 numbered pages, with seven hand-drawn folding diagrams at the end; bound in full contemporary Italian parchment over boards, sponged decoration to leaf edges, 7 1/2 x 5 in.

This manuscript may contain lecture notes, as no published work seems to match it. The writer's initials are likely J.M.B., the only indication of an identity in the text. The spine bears a label referring to a Pere Aloys Schett. In addition to references to church fathers and the ancients, we also find mentions of Gassendi and Musschenbroek and many references to Newton, regarding color theory, the movement of various bodies, and gravity. Notes regarding electricity are also here, discussion of the nature of smells, sounds, and colors. The diagrams begin with simple geometry and progress to employment of such calculations in practical settings. The penultimate illustration depicts pulleys, screws, and other simple machines.

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Biographical / Historical

Little is known about this work. No related published material exists. It is written in Latin and is likely Italian in origin. The writer's initials are likely J.M.B. as evidenced in the manuscript and the spine bears a label referring to a Pere Aloys Schett.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This manuscript is in cold storage and requires an appointment made at least 24 hours in advance.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Swann Auction Galleries Sale 2582 Lot 163 on October 14, 2021.

Condition Description

Very good

Finding aid for the Natural philosophy and physics manuscript
Alison Reynolds
May 23, 2023
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Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
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Atlanta 30332-0900 USA