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René Descartes - Discours de la méthode pour bien conduire sa raison... plus la dioptrique et les météores... - 1668

René Descartes - Discours de la méthode pour bien conduire sa raison... plus la dioptrique et les météores... - 1668

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René Descartes - Discours de la méthode pour bien conduire sa raison... plus la dioptrique et les météores... - 1668
Astronomy, Biology, Fine Bindings, Natural History, Physics, Science (general) - Quantity: 1 - Book

A genuine third edition of Descartes' "Le Discours de la méthode" with the "achevé d’imprimer" dated 28 April 1668, shared between Michel Bobin, Théodore Girard and Nicolas Le Gras. Another edition was published in 1668 by Charles Angot, with an "achevé d’imprimer" of 8 May 1668 (Guibert, page 19).

The illustration includes 7 out of text and 115 in text woodcuts. Very lovely prints.

A nicely executed copy with wide margins in period brown full calfskin binding, spine with five raised bands lavishly adorned with gilded fleurons, speckled red edges.

Significant restorations on the caps, spine, cover edges and corners. Inside fresh and on the whole clean in spite of discreet marginal water stains mainly at the beginning, flowing lightly into the text on the first 20 ff. or so, stains on the back of the title page and on pages 63 to 70, and a few other leaves, the most notable of which are on pages 313 to 318 and on the pages of the tables (see photos), a few light signs of handling, small holes in the margins of pages 1 to 175 (bookworm damage).

" Descartes first postponed the publication of his Traité du monde et de la lumière in 1632 because he defended the thesis of heliocentrism at a time when Galileo had just been condemned. Just as he was about to publish his last scientific works, namely the Dioptrics, Meteors and Geometry, Descartes decided to write a work of circumstance intended to serve as a preface to his scientific theses, a work that would be his first philosophical work: Le Discours de la méthode. The author understood that it was necessary to prepare opinion for the new scientific theses with caution, which is why he did not provide a dogmatic method and a theory for "leading one's reason well", but chose to relate his own experience by commenting on his intellectual adventure, the Discours de la méthode thus becoming a manifesto of reason supported by a fundamental presupposition, the practice of doubt in all things. It is through this doubt that Descartes built the foundations of the new science. It is well known what a brilliant future the Discours de la méthode would have, embodying beyond universal scientific and philosophical principles the very essence of a certain French spirit."

The extremely rare original was printed in Leiden, the Netherlands at the address of the printer Ian Maire in 1637.

Author: René Descartes; Michel Bobin; Nicolas Le Gras
Title: Discours de la méthode: pour bien conduire sa raison, et chercher la vérité dans les sciences: plus la dioptrique et les météores, qui sont des essais de cette méthode
Edition: A Paris, chez Michel Bobin & Nicolas Le Gras..., 1668, quarto (24 x 18 cm), (1 ff. title), (1 ff. priv.), 413 pp. (1p)., (15 ff. of table). Complete.

Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
1
Subject
Astronomy, Biology, Fine Bindings, Natural History, Physics, Science (general)
Author/ Illustrator
René Descartes
Book Title
Discours de la méthode pour bien conduire sa raison... plus la dioptrique et les météores...
Condition
Good
Publication year oldest item
1668
Edition
1st Edition
Language
French
Original language
Yes
Binding/ Material
Leather
Number of pages
413
Dimensions
24×18 cm
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