Theses ex metaphysica, et physica, quas ... publice propugnandas exhibet Joannes Baptista Tonti De Castro Misani ... Institutore Iosepho Vannucci Armininensis. Giambattista TONTI DE CASTRO, respondens, Giuseppe VANNUCCI, praesens.
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Theses ex metaphysica, et physica, quas ... publice propugnandas exhibet Joannes Baptista Tonti De Castro Misani ... Institutore Iosepho Vannucci Armininensis ... Rimini: Nicola Albertini, 20 May 1776.

4to (268 x 202 mm). xxx, [1] pp. Woodcut title ornament, head- and tail-piece, and initial. Some light foxing, slight curling to corners. Contemporary Italian dominoté paper wrapper, printed in light brown with an allover repeated geometric pattern of 3 by 3 grids, the white squares each with a brown dot, each grid separated from its neighbors by two double parallel lines flanking a single line (a few tears to backstrip, minor fraying to edges).

A printed announcement and program of a thesis defense, in geometrical woodblock-printed wrappers. Two hundred numbered statements summarize the “theses” that the student, Giambattista Tonti, was to defend in an oral examination held before his professor, Giuseppe Vannucci, a month later in the episcopal seminary of Rimini.

Vannucci, a secular archpriest (or rector), is described in the title as a doctor of theology and professor of philosophy. He was also versed in the sciences; three editions appeared in 1787 of a treatise he wrote on the earthquake that struck Rimini in 1786 (Discorso istorico-filosofico sopra il tremuoto che ...scosse ... la città di Rimini). The subjects upon which his student was required to speak range from philosophy to hard science: from questions on the nature of thought and language, Hobbes’ (“impius”) mechanistic theory of human nature, and the metaphysical theories of Descartes and Leibniz, the subjects move into physics: beginning with general theories, including those of Newton, and thence to hydrostatics, hydraulics, capillarity, and electricity, including its more freakish natural manifestations and its effect on the weather. An eye-catchingly decorated witness to the universality and rigorous expectations of (Catholic) university education during the Enlightenment. 

Item #4049

Price: $450.00