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Palissy, Bernard.
Oeuvres. Revues sur les exemplaires de la Bibliotheque du Roi, avec des notes par M. Faujas de Saint Fond, et des additions par M. Gobet
Paris: Chez Rualt, Libraire, 1777. First edition. 4to. (4), ix-xxvi (i.e., lxxvi), 734 pp. (with the portrait and dedication to Benjamin Franklin excised, as usual). A 16th-century potter, "Palissy was probably one of the first men in France to teach natural sciences from facts, specimens, and demonstrations rather than hypotheses ... he was one of the few men of his century to have a correct notion of the origins of rivers and streams ... and he was one of the first to hold a reasonably correct view of the process of petrification" (DSB). Brunet vol. IV, p. 320. Graesse vol. 5, p. 108. Norman 1630: "Originally intended to be dedicated to Benjamin Franklin, the newly arrived United States ambassador to France ... but the dedication and accompanying portrait ... were suppressed before publication, and exist in only a handful of copies." Norman sale 145: "This early collected edition includes some wrongly attributed works." Inscription and small stamp on title page, else very good. Contemporary mottled calf (spine ends a little chipped, corners bumped), gilt, marbled endpapers and edges, leather label and gilt ornaments between raised bands on spine. (#5980).
Bookseller: Bartleby's Books [Chevy Chase, Maryland, U.S.A.]

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