Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1733. First edition. Contemporary calf. 4to(26 x 19.5 cm). First edition. Original calf. Collation:  281 p. + 15 engraved plates by Ph. Simonneau. Binding with raised bands and decorative panels, title on red leather labels. Hinges weak and crack in upper region of cover. Wear to ends of spine, boards, and corners. Dentille present on edge of boards. Marble endpapers have some staining on verso and foxing to free end papers and first few leaves. Text and plates are very bright and clean with only an occasional spot. There is wide margin on text and plates. Very Good. Item #0000165
Mairan had wide interest in physical phenomena for which he tried to find phyical mechanisms (DSB). This present work he studied the appearance of auroa boreali in and around Paris. The text is complemented with 15 stunning copper engravings don by Ph. Simonneau. It is rare to find inscribed copies of this work which usually are to noted French scientists. (see Honeymann, 2112). Provenance: Inscribed to Monsieur Langlois, Royal Engineer and the Royal Academy of Science for instruments of mathematics. This is a very good copy of Mairan's studies on aurore boreal around Paris to which he provided detail illustrations with the aid of Phillipe Simonneau. (DSB 9, p.33; Honeyman 2112; Poggendorff II, p.17-18).