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    Euler's New Theory of Music

    Leonhard Euler. Tentamen Novae Theoriae Musicae Ex Certissiis harmoniae Principiis Dilucide Expositae. Auctore Leonhardo Eulero. St. Petersburg, Academia Scientiara, 1739. First edition. Quarto. ):(-):():)4, ):():():(3, A-2K4. 22, 264 pages. One full page table plus five additional fold-out tables. Bound in full modern calf, blind tooled ruling and paneling, banded spine with title in gilt lettering. Edges trimmed, top edge trimmed close. Some rubbing and occasional darkening to binding. Very light browning and foxing, with dampstain to lower corner of text. Very small hole in side margin of Kk4, with no effect on text. Otherwise, a very nice copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Leonard Euler (1707-83), a mathematician of Basel, was the perfecter of integral calculus, the inventor of calculus using sines, and particularly renowned for his study of the science of motion. He was called, around 1727, to the newly established academy at St. Petersburg where he wrote the present offering. This work, produced together with John Bernoulli, presents a new theory of music based upon Pythagorean principles. It tends to give as much emphasis to geometry as to music, but is of great use to composers as well as crafters of musical instruments.

    Graesse II, 518.MGG III, 1616. Eitner II, 360. RISM B VI/1, 298. Wolffheim I, 616.

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