Lot 70 of 222:
Laplace's Celestial Mecaniques, first edition  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$900
Estimate:
$1,500 - $2,000

Title:
Traité de Mécanique Céleste
Author:
Laplace, Pierre Simon
Place:
Paris
Publisher:
J.B.M. Duprat / Courcier
Date:
1798-1805
Description:

4 volumes. xxxii, 368; [4], 382; xxiv, 303, [1]; xl, 347, [1] pp. (4to) 25x19 cm (9¾x7½”), period quarter calf & pastepaper boards, spines tooled in gilt, morocco lettering pieces. First Edition.

A classic of celestial mechanics, which Richard Bateman considered one of the greatest scientific treatises ever written, as he states in his notes on his collection. This copy without the supplements at the end of volumes 3 and 4. Volume 4 should have a folding engraved plate, apparently issued with the supplement, and not present here. There was a fifth volume, published in 1825, not present here and often absent, "comprising a series of addenda to the first four volumes".

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Condition:
A little wear to spines, rubbing to joints, front joint on volume 4 with chip; light foxing to contents, occasional stains most evident in volume 3; overall very good. A nice set in original state.
 
Item number:
287956a
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