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BAILLY, Jean Sylvain

Traite de l'astronomie Indienne...   Paris: Chez Debure, 1787.

4to. [4], clxxx, 427, [1] pp. With decorative woodcut headpieces. Contemporary half-calf over boards; occasional browning, otherwise an excellent copy from the library of Jacob and Friedrich Schurer with their bookplate. $1,500.00

First edition of Bailly's valuable history of Eastern astronomy which was separately published as a supplement to his outstanding work on ancient and modern astronomy. The author here expands upon his earlier theories that the astronomical sciences of various Eastern civilizations were remnants of a single ancient culture. According to Graesse, this is the rarest of Bailly's works on the history of astronomy.
Provenance: Both Jacob Ludwig Schurer (1734-92) and his son Friedrich Ludwig (fl. 1760-90) were professors of physics and chemistry at the University of Strasbourg.


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