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FONTENELLE, Bernard Le Bovier de (1657--1757)
[Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes. 1762]
Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes. Par Monsieur de Fontenelle, de l'Académie françoise. Nouvelle édition, augmentée des Dialogues des morts.
A Paris chez Desaint & Saillant, libraires, 1762.
[4], 504 p. : fold. pl..; 17.5 cm. (12º)

Extremely popular when first published in 1686, this work is written as by a savant explaining the new cosmology to a curious noblewoman. The discourses are written as "lectures" given over six evenings. Owing a great deal to the previous work of Copernicus (the heliocentric theory of the solar system) and Descartes (particularly his theory of vortex motion of the planets to counteract Newtons idea of gravity), the work rebuts the idea of a centre to the universe and speculates on the habitation of other planets. The fold-out plate is labelled: 'Tome II. Page 9'.

Copy Notes Architectural pencil sketch of a gothic window on front free-endpaper

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-panelled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1045


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