Lettres sur l'Astronomie en Prose et en Vers. 4-vol. set (Complete)
Paris: Peytieux, 1826. Second edition. Hardcover. 24mo (6 x 4"). , 2, lxxvi, 254pp (Vol. 1), , 327, pp (Vol. 2), 294pp (Vol. 3), , 349, pp (Vol. 4). Contemporary quarter morocco over blue marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering and tooling to spines. Ribbon marker in each volume. Marbled endpapers. All paper edges marbled. Engraved title to each volume.
Originally published in 1823, this second edition of Albert Montemont's four-volume set is an history and an introduction to the science of astronomy.
Its originality rests on the fact that each parts of this work contains poems written by classical and modern authors on Astronomy, such as Virgil, Jacques Delille, Alexander Pope, Voltaire, Chênedollé, Roger Joseph Boscovich, Jacques Clinchamps de Malfilâtre, Parseval-Grandmaison, Rousseau, and many others.
Each volume is complete with its large folded plate at rear:
- Volume 1: Mouvement diurne des astres (Daytime motion of the stars)
- Volume 2: The folded plates contains 10 figs showing Saturn and its "double-ring," the rotation of the Earth around the Sun, an eclipse, etc..
- Volume 3: Le Système Tycho Brahe (The Tychonic system)
- Volume 4: Marées (A pictorial explanation of tides)
Moderate rubbing to bindings. Previous owner's name on inside of each front free endpaper. Sporadic foxing throughout. Text in French. Bindings in overall good, interior in good to very good condition. g to vg. Item #43960