Paris, chez Gervais Alliot, 1638. Avec Privilège du roi.
Folio [350 x 230 mm], (1) bl.l., (26) pp., 346, (6), (1) bl.l. Transposition of 2 quires, some browning. Complete copy. Bound in contemporary limp vellum, flat spine with the handwritten title.
Rare first edition of this scientific work dedicated to chronology. (Brunet, I, 577).
The present edition is illustrated with 6 figures engraved by Jean Picart, including the famous anamorphic portrait of the author, made at Father Niceron’s request. The text is also illustrated with explanatory figures and diagrams.
A beautiful copy of this rare work preserved in its contemporary limp vellum.
Provenance: old stamp of a religious community on the title-page: Collegium Angiense Societatis Jesu.
Only one copy of this work has appeared on the international market in the last thirty years. OCLC doesn’t list any copy, the copy preserved at the British Library is missing the title-page.