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Wikipedia has a jpeg of the front cover of the book Opere (1761) by Jacopo Riccati, author of the celebrated Riccati equation. What is the symbolism incorporated in this illustration?

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See discussion of the possible symbolism and a higher resolution image at the cross-posted question at History SE https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/34977/symbolism-in-illustration-for-a-book-by-riccati.

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  • $\begingroup$ Pretty much everything can be explained in the illustration now except the two pages of mathematical drawings and the quiver-like container (for scrolls?). $\endgroup$ Jan 20 '17 at 0:14

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