René Descartes - Les principes de la philosophie. Ecrits en Latin, Par Rene Descartes. - 1698

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René Descartes - Les principes de la philosophie. Ecrits en Latin, Par Rene Descartes. - 1698
Astronomy, Illustrated, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Science (general) - Quantity: 1 - Book

Les principes de la philosophie. Ecrits en Latin, Par Rene Descartes. Et traduits en Francois par un de ses Amis. A Rouen, Chez Jean-Baptiste Besongne, rue Ecuyere, au Soleil Royal - 1698.

Full leather binding with five raised bands to spine with red blockedges. Gilt ornated spine, title plane missing. Most leather on top plane to spine missing. Leather to tailcap missing, exposing tailband. 2*1cm leather chip to second spine plane missing. 3cm crack to front and back lower hinges. Ink inscription to front pastedown and free endpaper. 14 pages of preface have some minor wormhole damage to top margin. General toning and light foxing to pages. Rubbing and staining to boards. Copy is complete with all 4 parts present, numerous engravings. Binding firm. 2+2+38+599+3pp.

Principles of Philosophy is a book by René Descartes. In essence, it is a synthesis of the Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy. It was written in Latin, published in 1644. The book sets forth the principles of nature—the Laws of Physics—as Descartes viewed them. Most notably, it set forth the principle that in the absence of external forces, an object's motion will be uniform and in a straight line. Newton borrowed this principle from Descartes and included it in his own Principia; to this day, it is still generally referred to as Newton's First Law of Motion. The book was primarily intended to replace the Aristotelian curriculum then used in French and British universities. The work provides a systematic statement of his metaphysics and natural philosophy, and represents the first truly comprehensive, mechanistic account of the universe.

Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
1
Subject
Astronomy, Illustrated, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Science (general)
Author/ Illustrator
René Descartes
Book Title
Les principes de la philosophie. Ecrits en Latin, Par Rene Descartes.
Condition
Fair
Publication year oldest item
1698
Edition
Reprint
Language
French
Original language
No
Publisher
A Rouen, Jean Baptiste Besongne
Binding/ Material
Leather
Number of pages
644
Dimensions
17.2×10.2 cm
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