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Vassalli-Eandi, Antonio Maria. Rapport sur le tremblement de terre qui a commencé le 2 avril 1808, dans les vallées de Pélis, de Cluson, de Pô, etc. Fait à la classe des sciences physiques et mathématiques de l'Académie Impériale de Turin dans sa séance du 2 mai 1808. [Turin]: Felix Galletti, 1808. 8vo (22 cm, 8.66"). 136, [2 (index)] pp. $300.00
First edition of this report on the massive Piedmont earthquake of 1808. The Abàte Vassalli-Eandi (1761–1825) was a Turin-born scientist and professor who published numerous papers on electricity, meteorological phenomena, agriculture, etc.; here, he collects and analyzes a large amount of data on local weather, topography, mines, etc., in an effort to support or rebut arguments for or against various potential causes (including the then-popular pyrite fermentation theory) for the seismic event.
The work is not widely held outside of Europe — a search of WorldCat finds => only two U.S. institutions reporting ownership (University of Oklahoma, Yale).
Provenance: Title-page with 19th-century inked donation inscription in upper portion and with aesthetically appealing 19th-century institutional rubber-stamp. Later in the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
Recent blue paper–covered boards, front cover with printed paper label. Title-page with markings as above, and browned; pages age-toned (most notably the index), with scattered foxing; edges untrimmed and so dust-soiled. => Solid and readable. (40605) Please RESHELVE This.
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