Traité de géodesié, ou exposition des méthodes astronomiques et trigonometriques, appliquées soit à la mesure de la terre, soit à la confection du canevas des cartes et des plans.
Paris: Courcier, 1805.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003035
An XIV = 1805. 4to (273 x 215 mm). xxiv, 314 (of 318),  pp., including half-title, 10 folding engraved plates, lacking final two leaves of text and 4 leaves of errata. All pages uncut. Reused diced calf, spine with some ink lettering (covers soiled and spotted). Text and plates little browned only, occasional minor foxing, edges dust soiled and somewhat frayed. Provenance: Giancarlo Beltrame Library. ----
Brunet IV, 963; Wellcome IV, 447. FIRST EDITION. Louis Puissant (1769-1843) was a French topographical engineer, geodesist, and mathematician. He was appointed professor at the École Centrale d'Agen in 1796. In 1802 and 1803, he was in charge of geodesic triangulations on the island of Elba and then from 1803 to 1804 in Lombardy. He was elected member of the Société Philomathique de Paris in 1810 and became a member of the French Académie des Sciences in 1828. In addition to numerous scientific memoirs, he was the author of several books on geodesy and mathematics like the present one.
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