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Marin Mersenne

b. La Soultière, Maine, 8 Sept 1588; d. Paris, 1 Sept 1648

French polymath.

Wrote the following volumes which address plucked instruments:

  • Mersenne, Marin. Harmonicorum libri in quibus agitur de sonorum natura, causis, et effectibus: de consonantiis, dissonantiis, rationibus, generibus, modis, cantibus, compositione, orbisque totius harmonicis instrumentis, [...] opus utile grammaticis, oratoribus, philosophis, jurisconsultis, medicis, mathematicis, atque theologis [...]. Paris: Guillaume Baudry 1636. [treatise; 10c lute, 10c lute + voice, mandore, 4c cittern, 5c guitar]
  • Mersenne, Marin. Harmonie Vniverselle [part 1]. Paris: Sebastien Cramoisy, 1636. facsimile
  • Mersenne, Marin: L'Harmonie Universelle [...] [part 2]. Paris: Pierre Ballard, 1637. facsimile
  • Mersenne, MarinHarmonicorum libri in quibus agitur de sonorum natura, causis, et effectibus: de consonantiis, dissonantiis, rationibus, generibus, modis, cantibus, compositione, orbisque totius harmonicis instrumentis, [...] opus utile grammaticis, oratoribus, philosophis, jurisconsultis, medicis, mathematicis, atque theologis [...] Harmonicorum libri XII [...] Editio aucta. Paris: Guillaume Baudry 1648. [later edition of Mersenne Harmonicorum libri 1636]