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L'USAGE DES GLOBES CELESTES ET TERRESTRES, ET DES SPHERES, SUIVANT LES DIFFERENS SYSTEMES DU MONDE. PRÉCEDÉ D'UN TRAITÉ DE COSMOGRAPHIE, OÙ EST EXPLIQUÉ AVEC ORDRE TOUT CE QU'IL Y A PLUS CURIEUX DANS LA DESCRIPTION DE L'UNIVERS, SUIVANT LES MEMOIRES & OBSERVATIONS DES PLUS HABILES ASTRONOMES & GEOGRAPHES. . .
Paris: Chez l'auteur... Laurent d'Houry... Jean Boudot, libraire..., 1699. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 12mo. [18],300;112 pp. plus 26 plates (three folding). Contemporary speckled calf, spine richly gilt, gilt leather label, raised bands, edges rouged. Light institutional inkstamp in title page. 18th-century inscription in titlepage and signature of Theophile Leonard in title page and final page of the dedication. Occasional 18th-century marginalia. Minor wear. Near fine. First edition of the first major work of Nicolas Bion, complete with 26 plates of terrestrial and celestial maps, diagrams, and images of globes. Bion (ca. 1652-1733) was a Paris-based cosmographer and maker of mathematical and astronomical instruments, holding the title of "king's engineer for mathematical instruments" under Louis XIV (DSB II, pp.132-1330). A classic work in its field.
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