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Oeuvres - LAPLACE, Pierre Simon - 1862. 
One folding lithographed plate in Vol. IV. Seven vols. Large 4to, a fine prize binding of cont. blue morocco, sides elaborately decorated in gilt, spines richly gilt, a.e.g., upper cover of Vol. I stamped in gilt "AcadÃ©mie des Sciences. Prix fondÃ© par Mme la Mise de Laplace pour le 1er ElÃ¨ve sortant de l'Ãcole Polytechnique 1862. M. Matrot Adolphe. NÃ© le 9 Juillet 1841 Ã Paris," all other covers stamped in gilt in center with the royal arms of the AcadÃ©mie des Sciences. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1843-47. First edition of the collected works of Laplace, luxuriously produced at the initiative of Laplace's widow and financed by King Louis Philippe's government. Contained here are Laplace's epoch-making works on astrophysics, mathematics and probability theory. The first five volumes are taken up by TraitÃ© de MÃ©canique CÃ©leste, the foundation of modern theoretical astronomy. It has been called "the eighteenth-century Almagest" and "a sequel to Newton's Principia" (Horblit 63). Volume Six contains his Exposition du Systeme du Monde, one of the most successful popularizations of science ever composed. It is Laplace's resumÃ© of current astronomical understanding. The final and thickest volume combines the Essai Philosophique sur les ProbabilitÃ©s with the ThÃ©orie analytique des ProbabilitÃ©s, the introduction to Laplace's groundbreaking masterpiece on probability theory. "The Essai has certainly had a longer life and almost certainly a larger number of readers than any of Laplace's other writings. The reason for its continuing - indeed, its growing - success has clearly been the importance that probability, statistics, and stochastic analysis have increasingly assumed in science, social science, and philosophy of science."-D.S.B. Adolphe Matrot (1841-96), became a high official in the French national railroad company. A fine and handsome set.
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