Londres, Imprimerie de T. Spilbury, 1786-1787.
3 parts bound in two 8vo [211 x 131 mm] of : I/ (2) bl. ll., (2) ll. of table, 320 pp., (1) l., pp. 319 to 543, pp. 485 to 516 (appendix), 2 folding plates out of pagination, (2) bl. ll. ; II/ (1) l., (2) ll. of table, 478 pp., (1) l. of errata.
Red straight-grained morocco, gilt fillet Greek frets ? around the covers, flat spine with compartments decorated with gilt Greek fret and small floral decoration, gilt fillet on the edges, interior Greek fret, gilt edges. Early 19th century binding in Bozérian’s style.
Uncommon first edition of this treatise on meteorology by the Swiss physicist and geologist Jean-André de Luc (Geneva, 1727 – Windsor, 1817).
Jean-André de Luc is a famous Swiss physicist, geologist and philosopher who was one of the first scientists to explore the high mountains. He contributed to the progress of geology and physics at a time when one of these sciences was starting to develop and the other did not yet have the importance it has acquired today. De Luc set out to reconcile reason and faith, science and revelation.
Having left Switzerland, the author settled in England where he became a reader to Queen Charlotte; as a member of various scientific societies including the Royal Society of London, he made important improvements to meteorological measuring instruments such as barometers, thermometers, hygrometers, etc.
Deluc published his Ideas on Meteorology in 1786-1787, which triggered a controversy with Horace-Bénédict de Saussure over the merits of their respective hygrometers.
Our copy is complete with its two folding engraved plates.
Very beautiful copy of this rare work preserved in an elegant red morocco binding from the beginning of the 19th century in Bozérian’s style.