Lot 1176: OLIVER, A. Essai sur les cometes. Où l’on tache d’expliquer les phénomenes

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November 16, 2016, 1:30 PM CET
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Description: OLIVER, A. Essai sur les cometes. Où l’on tache d’expliquer les phénomenes qu’offrent leurs queues, & où l’on fait voir qu’elles sont probablement destinées à rendre les cometes des mondes habitables. Avec des observations & des réflexions sur le soleil & sur les planetes du premier ordre. Trad. de l'Anglois. Amst., M.-M. Rey, 1777. xxviii, 147 pp. W. 1 engr. fold. plate. Old (worn) wrps., uncut. (A bit dog-eared, else fine). First French edition of the earliest American book on comets; the first edition in English had been published in Salem (Massachusetts) in 1772. Andrew Oliver (1731-1799), an American jurist and scientist, wrote a number of other books on disparate subjects and was one of the founders of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society. This French translation was the work of Jacques Allamand (1713-87), a professor of physics at Leyden University. - Brüning (Bibliographie der Kometenliteratur), 1835; Lalande, 560; cf. Sabin, 57199 and Honeyman, 2360 for the English edition; both editions not in Houzeau-Lancaster.
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