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[ROUX, Augustin].
Nouvelle encyclopédie portative
Paris: Vincent, 1766. Two volumes, small 8vo, pp. xcvi, 477. [1] blank; iv, 590; with two folding leaves of plates; woodcut headpieces; occasional light browning, and the odd light marginal stain, but largely clean and fresh; in contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments with gilt-lettered morocco labels; 'Mr de Vaublanc' stamped in gilt on upper boards. A good copy, from the library of the royalist politician Vincent-Marie Viénot de Vaublanc (1756-1845) of this rare pocket encyclopaedia by the physician and scientist Augustin Roux (1726-1776).A thoroughly enlightenment project (Roux was also a contributor to Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopédie), the Nouvelle encyclopédie portative is arranged thematically, dealing in turn with knowledge derived from the senses (i.e. the sciences, including zoology and botany, astronomy, and physics); knowledge derived from reflection (arithmetic, geometry, natural theology, psychology, and lingustics); the arts (literary forms, rhetoric, music, dance, painting and sculpture); and humans in society (ethics, law, and history). The two folding plates feature the music for an Ariette de l'École de la Jeunesse by Duni and a series of geometrical figures. Roux was a native of Bordeaux, where he studied medicine before moving to Paris where he became an associate of Montesquieu. He also published widely on chemistry and medicine, and succeeded Vandermonde as editor of the Journal de médecine in 1762.OCLC records one copy outside Continental Europe, at the National Library of Australia; not in Library Hub. [Attributes: First Edit … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bernard Quaritch Ltd [United Kingdom]
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