Paris: Chez Thomas Jolly & Simon Bernard, 1671.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very Good. Item #002978
Folio (367 x 240 mm). , 419 ,  pp., including additional engraved title by G. Eddelinck after le Pautre, 57 engraved plates (including 6 folding), 2 engraved illustrations in text, dedication with engraved headpiece incorporating the arms of Colbert, woodcut head- and tailpieces, general index at end. Signatures: [pi]4 e4 i4 o4 u4 aa4 A-3F4 3G2 3H-3L4 (-pi1, -3L4 blanks). Lacking the initial and final blank leaves only. Colophon on p.419 reads 'de l'Imprimerie de Jean Cusson, 1670'. Plate numbering corrected in ink or pencil, contemporary pen drawing on blank verso of plate 20. Contemporary marbled calf, spine with 6 raised bands richly gilt in compartments and with gilt-lettered red morocco label in first compartment (split hinges expertly repaired, extremities rubbed, corners bumped), gilt-tooled board-edges, red-dyed edges, marbled endpapers. Internally little browned throughout (several pages and a few plates stronger), occasional very minor spotting, engraved- and printed title-leaf tipped in and with some neat repairs in margins, two plates lightly soiled, a few light ink smudges, a few neat marginal repairs elsewhere. Provenance: Biblioteca Caproni Vizzola (bookplate to front pastedown); Giancarlo Beltrame Library. A very good, wide-margined copy in beautiful binding. A very good copy, text and plates collate complete. ----
Krivatsy 2427; Wellcome II, 335; Roller-Goodman I, 226. FIRST EDITION of this standard 17th-century work on optics. Of special interest here is the engraved lunar map, supposedly made by one of his inventions (shown in the lower corners of the maps), but in fact plagiarized and directly copied from Hevelius' images 'P' and 'R' (see Whitaker, p.76). Chérubin d'Orléans is the inventor of the opera glasses. In this work he describes glasses, microscopes and telescopes, including detailed descriptions of the tools and techniques involved in the manufacture of lenses and the effects that different lenses have on the eye. - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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