Paris, 1735. Six volumes. 4to. [iv], viii, [iv], 215, ; [iv], v, [iii], 192; [iv], v, [iii], 207, ; [iv], v, [iii], 239, ; [iv], v, [iii], 173, ; [. FIRST EDITION. With 429 engraved plates (302 folding, some signed by Herisset and Dheulland), 4 engraved text charts and 2 woodcut text illustrations, elaborate woodcut head- and tail-pieces, chapter initials. Each volume with half-title, title in red and black, table of machines, and privilege générale. Uniformly bound in later vellum-backed marbled boards. Some occasional browning or spotting (heavy in a couple of spots), the occasional minor marginal damp-stain or light soiling, numerous paper repairs in volume III (mainly to upper corner); despite this, an overall excellent set of this rare work. Item #12703
First edition of an invaluable collection illustrating the inventions of all the machines and instruments approved by the Academy of Sciences from its establishment in 1666 to 1735. This elaborate record of inventive achievements is significant as the first to describe and illustrate the technological development of science in the period. Many of the inventions included in this collection were to revolutionize the way we live. Communication, entertainment, agriculture, hydraulics, clocks, navigation, military, optics, acoustics, motorized machinery, and the calculator - - all are founded on the scientific knowledge and concepts of these early contributors. The great inventions made by Perrault, Huygens, Cassini, Pascal (the first published illustration of his calculating machine), Lepine, Clairaut, Gauger, Le Maire, De La Hire, Morland, Nolet, are but a few of the discoveries described.
Gallon (1706-75), a French engineer, was commissioned by the Academy to edit the descriptions that they made of the machinery that they approved. The Academy added another volume forty-two years later (1777), after Gallon's death. It was not until 1794 that the Institute of France was organized, and resumed the practice of publishing scientific inventions.