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Le journal des sçavans de l'an 1665 [& 1666], par le sieur de Hedouville. Amsterdam, Pierre le Grand [D. Elzevier], 1679. [French title: Le journal des scavans, tome premier, ou sont continues les annees 1665 & 1666]
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST VOLUME OF THE AMSTERDAM EDITION OF THE JOURNAL DES SÇAVANS FOR THE YEARS 1665 & 1666. The full content can be viewed at the Gallica web portal. Robert Hooke's magnificent and revolutionary Micrographia also appeared in 1665 and the second half of this volume, the 1666 half, reproduces as a fold-out copperplate engraving Hooke's wonderous drawing of the underside of a flea as seen through a microscope. Twelve pages of text are also devoted to Micrographia, a work Samuel Pepys called the most ingenious he had ever read. "On January 5, 1665 French writer Denis de Sallo , Sieur de la Coudraye (pseudonym Sieur d'Hédonville) published from Paris the first issue of the first French literary and scientific journal, Journal des sçavans . This was also the earliest scientific journal published in Europe, predating Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London by three months" (Norman, History of Information). "The journal ceased publication in 1792, during the French Revolution, and although it very briefly reappeared in 1797 under the updated title Journal des savants, it did not re-commence regular publication until 1816. From then on, the Journal des savants became more of a literary journal, and ceased to carry significant scientific material" (Wikipedia). CONDITION & DETAILS: Amsterdam: Pierre le Grand. [6], 780, [18]. In-text and fold-out copperplates. Complete. Handsomely bound in full-calf with five raised bands, gilt-ruled at the spine; gilt-tooled in compartments. Tight and very solid. Minor toning throughout. Very good condition.
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