Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1740.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003456
Éléments d'astronomie. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1740. xvi, , 643  pp., title with woodcut device, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, a few woodcutr diagrams in text, 21 folding engraved plates. CASSINI, Jacques. Tables astronomiques du soleil, de la lune, des planetes, des étoiles fixes, et des satellites de Jupiter et de Saturne. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1740. Two parts in one volume. xiv, , 120, 222,  pp., large engraved headpiece and initial on p. , 5 folding engraved plates and errata leaf bound at end, woodcut text diagrams in first part. 4to (251 x 188 mm). Uniformly bound in contemporary French sprinkled calf, spine with gilt-lettered spine labels and gilt decoration, red-sprinkled edges, original marbled endpapers (boards rubbed and stained, some wear to extremities). Text and plates clean and bright with only very little age-toning and occasional minor spotting, light dampstaining at lower corner of preliminary leaves in vol. I and a few leaves in vol. II, ink annotation in vol. I. A very good set. ----
Houzeau-Lancaster 12793 and 9251; Macclesfield 492-493; Poggendorff I, 390; DSB III, p.105. - FIRST EDITIONS of Cassini's manual of astronomy and his collection of astronomical tables. Son of the astronomer Gian Domenico Cassini, Jacques Cassini's areas of interest leaned towards the study of planets and their satellites. While his observations yielded some important results, his biases as a Copernican and Cartesian, but not a Newtonian, considerably lessened their theoretical value. Jacques Cassini also published numerous papers in the Histoire de l'Académie des sciences, to which he had been admitted as a student in 1694 and where he succeeded his father as a pensionnaire in 1712. In the late 1690s he travelled to England, where he met Newton, Halley and Flamsteed and was admitted to the Royal Society. - Visit our website to see more images!
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