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Journal du Voyage fait par Ordre du Roi, a l'Équateur, servant d'Introduction historique a la Mesure des Trois Premiers Degrés du Méridien.
- Three maps & three plates (all engraved & mostly folding) and one folding printed table. 1 p.l., xxxvi, 280, xv pp. Large 4to, cont. marbled calf, spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: de l'Imprimerie Royale, 1751.First edition and a very pretty copy. This is the second account by La Condamine (1701-74), of the famous expedition to Peru which "had as its goal the verification of Newton's hypothesis on the flattening of the terrestrial globe in the polar regions and, thereby, the resolution of the controversy regarding the form of the earth that was then dividing French scientists. Maupertuis, Clairaut, and Le Monnier went to Lapland to measure several degrees of meridian at the arctic circle, while Godin, Bouguer, and La Condamine were sent to Peru."D.S.B., XV, p. 270. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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