Astronomie physique, ou principes généraux de la nature, appliqués au mechanisme astronomique, et comparés aux principes de la philosophie de M. Newton.
4to. (8), XLVIII, 362, (14) pp. With 22 folding engraved plates, title vignette, and 19 engraved text vignettes. Contemporary vellum with double fillets, blindstamped centrepiece, and ms. title to spine. All edges sprinkled in red.
First edition of the Parisian astronomer's work about the application of Newton's Laws to astronomy. The plates mostly depict astronomical and mathematical diagrams. The attractive text vignettes by Charles Nicolas Cochin le jeune (1715-90) are an early example of his book decorations.
Fine copy with ms. note of ownership by "Ed. Declercq, Prof." and bookplate "Dr. Hautrive père".
Important work, recently edited on microfilm in the "Landmarks of science" series.
Poggendorff I, 840.