Place Published: A Amsterdam
Publisher: Chez Jacques Desbordes
Date Published: 1738
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
VG COPY OF AN IMPORTANT SCIENCE BOOK INTRODUCING NEWTON PHILOSOPHY IN FRANCE
First Edition. 4-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches. , -399,  pp.,  leaves of plates (1 folded). Original brown leather, re-backed preserving most of original spine with elaborate gilt decorations, brief title in gilt, 5 bands. Marbled endpaper and edges. Title page printed in red and black. Illustrations: engraved allegorical frontispiece with portrait of Newton, by J. Folkema after L.F. Dubourg; engraved portrait of Voltaire, by Folkema; 7 engraved diagrams on 7 leaves of plates (one folded) and 60 small engraved diagrams in the text, all unsigned. Engraved device of Jacques Desbordes (on title page), by C. Duflos after L.F. Dubourg (signed L.F. Du B.); 4 engraved headpieces (repeated to 27) and 5 engraved tailpieces (repeated to 22), designed and/or engraved by G. Condet (signed G. Kondet), L.F. Dubourg (signed L.F. Duburg), J. Folkema, F.M. La Cave, B. Picart and J. van der Schley; many dated 1737. “A madame la marquise du Ch** [Châtelet]” (in verse): pp. -8. “A madame la marquise du Ch** [Châtelet], avant-propos” (in prose): pp. -12. Side notes. Errata: p. . Very good condition.
BN,; v. 214, col. 1370, no. 3746; BnF; FRBNF39308794;Thomas, D.H. Major French authors in Oxford libraries 1526-1800,; p. 204; Cohen-De Ricci,; II, col. 1037; Gray, G. Newton,; 155; Wallis & Wallis. Newton and Newtoniana,; 155.1; Bengesco, G. Voltaire,; II, no. 1570; Brown, A. Éléments de la philosophie de Newton, editions (In Voltaire. Works, 1968-, v. 15, pp. 141-168),; 38A.
Voltaire (1694-1778) lived in exile in England from 1725-28 and became a fervent admirer of Newtonian philosophy which he introduced into France. At the time of its publication, European physics was divided into the followers of Descartes' corpuscular-mechanistic theories on the Continent and the English Newtonians.
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