Paris: Desaint & Saillant, 1764.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003142
Two parts in two volumes. Paris: Desaint & Saillant, 1764. 4to (250 x 189 mm). xlviii, 752, 44; , (753)-1544, xxxiv,  pp., including half-title to each volume, titles with woodcut device, woodcut head- and tailpieces, index and privilege leaf at end of vol. II, 36 folding engraved plates. Contemporary calf, spines with 5 raised bands, compartments tooled in gilt and with gilt-lettered morocco labels, red sprinkled edges (spine ends chipped and repaired, joints repaired, boards scratched, extemities worn, corners bumped). Text and plates generally crisp and clean with only minor browning or spotting. Provenance: G. Costard (inscribed on first flyleaves and dated 1769); Richard Prime (armorial bookplate to front pastedowns). A very good set. ----
Poggendorff I, 1349; Houzeau-L. I, 9258; Sotheran 2390; DSB 7:580; Honeyman 1889; DSB VII, p.580. - Next to his efforts to improve astronomical tables, Lalande's greatest achievement was his Astronomie, which "became a standard textbook and had the advantage over other texts of containing much practical information on instruments and methods of calculation" (DSB). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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