Geneva: Henricum-Albertum Gosse, 1747.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Near Fine. Item #002797
4to (260 x 205 mm). viii, 581  pp. Including 51 folding engraved plates. Contemporary calf, spine with two gilt lettered labels and rich floral gilt decoration, red-dyed edges, and marbled endpapers. ----
Graesse VII 469. Final edition. Volume III of the five-volume encyclopedic standard work of mathematics and exact sciences by Christian Wolff (1679-1754). With plates on optics, perspective, catoptrics, spherical trigonometry, and astronomy, including a lunar chart. The south-up map of the full moon is a rather typical example of the "grossly degraded moon map as found in encyclopedias of the late 1700s. The 'Greek phi' shape in Mare Serenitatis shows that it was based very loosely on the Cassini maps" (Whitaker, Mapping and Naming the Moon, p. 86). - Visit our website for additional images!
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