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Author: BION, N.- INSTRUMENTS.- ASTROLABES.- SUNDIALS.- Title: Traité de la construction et des principaux usages des instrumens de mathematique. Avec les figures necessaires pour l'intelligence de ce traité. Nouvelle édition, revűë, corr. & augm.
Description: A La Haye, Chez P. Husson, T. Johnson, P. Gosse e.a., 1723. 4to. W. engr. front. ('D. Coster sculp.') engr. vign. on title & 30 engr. pls. (Mostly fold.; numbered 1 - 28 and 'A' & 'B'). Contemp. full clf., spine richly gilt w. red spine label. (Outer hinges splitting, but holding.). (VIII, 389, III (Index) pp.). (Medium yellowing & browning throughout.). (Inner hinges weakening.). DSB II, 132/33: 'There are almost no biographical data available on Bion ... (He) had the title of King's Engineer for mathematical instruments ... he seems to have made globes, sundials, math. instruments, and mechanical machines with equal accuracy ... the 'Traité' ... gives a fairly complete list of instruments normally constructed during the first quarter of the 18th c.': Daumas, p. 79/81: 'Unique among his fellow instrumentmakers in this respect, he wrote several books which achieved great success ... (In the 'Traité') we find instruments listed ... such as the astrolabe, the mariner's astrolabe, the cross staff, and the Davis's quadrant; telescopes, microscopes and micrometers. ...The book was intended for the amateur public and its success was due to both the widespread interest shown in mechanics and astronomy, and to the fact that it was adapted to the practical needs of land surveyors and military engineers.': Kenney Sale, part 1, 1474: Smith, Hist. of math. Vol. II, 359/60: Discussing levelling instruments. 'This is the best of the early classical treatises upon the subject of mathematical instruments, and is profusely illustrated.': A number of the plates signed H. van Loon.: Wellcome II, 169 (& later eds.).: Blake, p. 48: A very good copy of the revised, enlarged and corrected 1723 edition.
Keywords: Science technology mathematics instrument surveying telescope
Price: EUR 1450.00 = appr. US$ 1575.93 Seller: Antiquariaat B.M.Israel B.V.
- Book number: 700