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LA LANDE, Joseph-Jérome LE FRANÇOIS de. Astronomie. Seconde édition revue et augmentée. Paris, Desaint, 1771-81.

4 vols. 4to mm. 250 x 200, contemporary full calf binding, 5 ribs on spine with rich gilt tiltes and ornaments; pp. LVI, 608, 248 of "Tables Astronomiques"; pp. [4], 830; pp. [4], 840; pp. XII, 788. With XLII folded plates out text in the first three voll. [the plates number XIII and XIV are united under the same paper], and 4 plates in copper in the fourth volume. Nice copy.


Second edition, almost doubled, especially in the parts relating to the scientific instrumentation. The IV vol., appeared 10 years later, that is often lacking, as supplements contain the Traité du flux de la mer et du reflux, d'après la théorie et les observations, of the same La Lande [theme that had only been mentioned without details in the first 3 vols.]; and a Mémoire sur l'origine des constellations, et sur l'Explication de la Fable, par le moyen de l'Astronomie, the work of Charles-François Dupuis [which constitutes the first base of his larger work that will see the light in 1796 as Origin de tous le Cultes]. These two texts were then also sold separately, being in fact works in their own right. See. Quérard, France Littéraire, IV / pp. 455-6. Zeitlinger, n. 10418: "He determined the parallax of the moon on a voyage to the Cape of Good Hope ... Vol. IV Often ... is missing".

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LA LANDE. Astronomie

Estimate €2,500 - €3,000May 18, 2017