France 1770 8vo (18.8 x 12.7 cm). Contemporary speckled calf; wear to hinges and edges with 2.5 cm break on rear hinge at head; some loss at top of spine; gilt dentelles along edges; text block in red; marble end papers. Collation: Part I- [ii], 218 pp. + 44 in text drawings on mechanics, fluids, etc. and one table; Part II-213,[1]pp. + 1 full page pen and ink celestial globe and 6 in text celestial drawings. This original Latin manuscript by Mr. Metayer was written in two parts without index. The written colophon at end is dated 24th of July, 1770 and signed M. Metayer. The text was not copied but a continuous writing over a period of several months or years, as suggested by the date 1760 in the Colophon changed to 1770.PROVENANCE: The front verso of the first leaf has French inscription: "This book belongs to Jean Baptiste, Noble of the City 19 May 1790." There is another ownership at tail: "This book belongs to Jean Lac…(sic)." A written letter is on p. 218 of the first part to Mr. J.B. asking him if he had received a letter the writer had sent in July 1791. Exact day is not clear. The organization of the first part starts with general philosophy of physics followed by general physics. The remaining sections deal with different experimental aspects of physics known in the 18th century that involve discussions, corollaries, notes and conclusions. Mechanics is primary subject of the first part, although atmospheric pressure on fluids, behavior of physical bodies to force, etc. are also discussed. The second part is devoted to celestial mechanics with full-page celestial globe and 6 other complementary drawings. The second part ends with a last paragraph, Conclusio totius phyisicae (Conclusion of all phyiscs), followed by colophon of Mr. Metayer. This is a most interesting original manuscript on physics owned by a member of the noble class just before the French Revolution. It is not clear if the reference to "City" means Paris. $3,500. Good + Contemporary speckled calf (Item ID: 0000648)


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