This is a rare complete set. More than 90 pull-out engraved illustrations of scientific experiments and diagrams are published within the six volumes. The author of this title, Jean Antoine Nollet (1700-1770) was responsible for the widespread education of the French student of the time with this course of Physics. He was known for his very clear explanations and illustrations of the subject matter, he conceived the first electroscopes, and introduced in France the Leiden jar, (is a device that "stores" static electricity).
The six volumes were published in consecutive years by Chez Durand, rue St. Jacques, Paris. They are bound in fine polished calf Morocco leather. They have marbled endpapers and red page edges. The spines are entirely ornamented with gilt tooling, aligned into separate six compartments. Four of the compartments hold a central gilt tooled fleuron with gilt tooled arabesques at the angles, the last two hold the red Morocco title plate and the brown Morocco number plate. They each measure: 6 3/4" x 4" x1 3/8" thick.
The French text is written for the student, in clear French language and is illustrated by marvelous engraved diagrams. Scientific tools and instruments of the eighteenth century are depicted and are simply fascinating. The use of "floating" hands easily guides the student in following the scientific experiment. There is an interesting frontispiece engraving depicting students in a eighteenth century science classroom.
This complete eighteenth century text is almost impossible to find in today's market in a complete state. Most often the volumes were sold separately, or engravings completely taken out to sell separately. This set has survived more than 200 years intact. The information gives a special insight to the "new discoveries" and methods of science in the 18th century. It is an important historical text, very finely bound.
Item ID: LC73
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