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Title: Méthodes analytiques pour la détermination d'un arc du méridien; précédées d'un mémoire sur le même sujet par A.M. LEGENDRE.
Description: Paris, De l'Imprimerie de Crapelet. Chez Duprat, Libraire pour les Mathématiques, quai des Augustins, près le Pont - Neuf. An VII (1799). 4to. W. 2 fold. engr. pls. at the end ('Dupuisseau Sculp.') and 17 typogr. tables in the text. 1 woodc. geometric fig. on page 3. Contemp. medium brown hlf.clf., over grey paste paper brds., spine w. a few giltruled lines indicating compartments. W. lightcol. titleshield (some imperf.). (Edges of covers and corners rubbed./ bumped). (Front cover lower left at spine 3 small wormh.). [a4, b4, A - Y4, 1 - 4 in 2, 5 in 1, X2]. (XVI, 176, XVI, 6 pp.). (Quires X, Y light browning.). (Some figures in ink [contemp.] and a few annots. in the text and blank margins.). (A few unimportant spots, first and last lvs. some foxed spots.). Good copy. DSB vol. IV, pp. 14 - 18: Appointed by the French Government, the author measured in 1792 the arc of the meridian between Dunkirk and Barcelona, which was completed in 1799 by Laplace, etc., and served as the basis of the metric system. PMM, comp. item 260 [Delambre's 'Base du systeme...'] 'We owe the introduction of an international metric system tot eh French Revolution... the astronomers Jean Batoste Joseph Delambre and Francois André Pierre Mechain were charged with the task of measuring accurately the newly adopted length along the meridian arc between Dunkirk and Barcelona. ...':

Keywords: astronomy history science weights measures

Price: EUR 1250.00 = appr. US$ 1358.56 Seller: Antiquariaat B.M.Israel B.V.
- Book number: 6221