Jesuiticae philosophiae theses, contentiosam, et experimentalem philosophandi methodum complectentes (…) Cervariae Lacetanorum, Josephus Barber, 1753.
Octavo:  ff.-333- pages and 13 lovely folding plates. Modern vellum. The book has been carefully cleaned and washed and repaired, using special paper for the paste downs and rice paper to repair one sheet of the index.
An interesting study by a Jesuit which ranges very broadly and covers meteors (constituion, occurences, significance), and of magnetism (pages 183-275), and is also quite interesting on hydrostatics and the motion of fluids; also carries discussion of different theories of planetary motion.
Particularly interesting is the discussion of Copernicus and Tycho Brahe. As is well known, in the 16th and 17th centuries the Jesuits refused the planetary system of Copernicus and Kepler. Their role in the trial against Galileo Galilei is also well known. Religious objections made it impossible for them to agree with the idea of a planetary system, in which not the Earth is in the center, but the Sun. So the Jesuits tried to find out how to modify and to save the traditional model of a geocentric system. At the beginning of the 17th century the astronomical data have been improved rapidly by new observations, especially by those of Tycho Brahe, so that they became incompatible with the traditional geocentric planetary theory. It was especially Tycho Brahe, who developed a new modified geocentric planetary system on the basis of his observational data. The Jesuits adopted his theory and they integrated it in their scientific curriculum during the whole 17th century.
Here is a nice example of this incorporation, in the mid-1700s.
Seemingly rare, and certainly a scarce printing from Cuneo.
Some restorations on the title page, which has been rebacked, but really a good copy.
- Number of Books
- Astronomy, Cartography, Philosophy, Physics
- Author/ Illustrator
- Antonius Vilalba & de Llorach
- Book Title
- Jesuiticae philosophiae theses, contentiosam, et experimentalem philosophandi methodum complectentes
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- (Cuneo, Piedmont): Acad.Josephus Barbér
- Binding/ Material
- tipped in plates
- Number of pages
- 25×20 cm