Woodcut Vignettes, engraved frontispieces and many folding plates. 44 vols. 4to. Contemporary calf, spines gilt (some general wear overall) and see below. Ex. Burnby Library Brunet I, p. 27. Item #232778
Together 44 volumes, 4to. Woodcut vignettes, engraved frontispieces in some volumes, numerous engraved plates, some folding. (Vol. I of Table lacking title-page.)
The Académie des Sciences was founded in Paris in 1666 by Colbert as an informal gathering of scholars, who met twice-weekly in the King's library. In 1699, Louis XIV gave the Académie it's first rules as an official institution, renaming it the Académie Royale des Sciences.
In this set, volumes I-VI of the 27 volumes of the Histoire are second editions, and volumes VIII-XXVIII are first editions. Volume VII (for the year 1707) is lacking. There is also the added volume : Jacques Cassinis's De la grandeur et de la figure de la terre. [In: Suite des memoires de l'Academie Royale des Sciences. Année M.DCCXVIII], with 5 maps and 10 plates.
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