Paris: l’Academie Royale des Sciences, 1831. 4to. 36 pp. FIRST EDITION. 4to. 36 pp., including half-title and line of errata on last leaf. Sewn wrappers with "Puissant" written in contemporary manuscript on upper cover; occasional minor foxing, light water stain to lower inner margin. Uncut and a few leaves unopened, preserved in a blue clamshell box with paper spine label. Book label of Valsense Seminary inside front cover and two small library stamps on first page. Item #3961
First edition. The present work, based on La Place's Théorie analytique des probabilités, treats the calculation of errors in measurements of the grandeur and the figure of the earth. The memoir represents Puissant's progressive research since the earlier publication of his grand work, Traité de Géodesie... (1805), the augmented third edition of which was published in 1842.