THE PHILOSOPHICAL HISTORY AND MEMOIRS OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AT PARIS.
London: for John and Paul Knapton and John Nourse. 1742. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Small Octavo. Very Good+. Item #6085
An abridgment of all the papers relating to Natural Philosophy, which have been publish’d by the members of that illustrious society, from the year 1699 to 1720. With many curious observations relating to the natural history and anatomy of animals, & c. In five volumes, Vol. I. X-456, pp., index of contents and authors, pp. publisher’s ads. Vol. II. -407pp., pp. gen. index & author’s names, 10pp. Addenda. Vol. III. 1-422pp., pp gen. index & author’s names, pp. publisher’s ads. Vol. IV. -410pp., pp. gen. index & author’s names, 11-22pp. addenda continued from Vol. II. Vol. V. -426pp., pp., gen. index & author’s names. Illustrated with 44 (of 45) copper engraved plates, plate 3 in Vol. II not bound in, [nor is there any evidence of its removal], all but two plates folding. Vols. 1 & 5 imprinted John and Paul Knapton and John Nourse. Vols. 2,3 & 4 imprinted John and Paul Knapton and Francis Cogan and John Nourse. All bound in remarkably fresh contemporary calf, raised bands, brown morocco labels gilt, remaining compartments stamped in gilt. Light toning to text of volume one, loss to outer margin of one leaf in volume 5, a very tiny worm hole through a few outer margins in volume 4. Provenance: From the library of noted science collector, Melvin Edward Jahn with his bookplate and the Downfield library with armorial bookplate. A lovely near fine set of this collection of extracts and abridgements pertaining to a variety of topics; geology, natural history, meteorology, medicine, and astronomy and more.