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The history of the heavens, considered according to the notions of the poets and philosophers, compared with the doctrines of Moses [Provenance] by  Noël-Antoine (1688-1761) PLUCHE - Second Edition - 1741 - from Fine Editions Ltd (SKU: BB1568)

The history of the heavens, considered according to the notions of the poets and philosophers, compared with the doctrines of Moses [Provenance]

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The history of the heavens, considered according to the notions of the poets and philosophers, compared with the doctrines of Moses [Provenance]

by PLUCHE, Noël-Antoine (1688-1761)

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London: prinied [sic] for J. Osborn; and sold by C. Rivington, C. Davis, T. Longman, T. Astley, S. Austen [and 7 others in London, 1 in Bath], 1741. Second Edition. Full Calf. Fine. Translated from the French of the Abbé Pluche by J. B. de Freval, in two volumes. 8vo: [2],x,[2],288,[8]; [2],312,[8],92pp, with 25 engraved plates, captioned in French, cut (from original 12mo edition) and mounted. A note in Volume I requests the bookbinder "to paste the cuts (which are the original ones, engraven at Paris) upon an octavo leaf, the size of this work." Twelve of the plates are signed as engraved by J. P. Le Bas; the others are unsigned. Armorial book plate of William Constable, of Burton Constable Hall, to front paste down of each volume. English speckled calf, spines in compartments between raised bands, reddish-brown leather lettering pieces and green leather numbering pieces gilt, page edges speckled red, board edges decocted with gilt role. A spectacular set, with notable provenance, virtually flawless, with crisp, bright pages (save for offsetting to end papers), printed on heavy stock and tightly bound. Sale (Samuel Richardson) 266. Newton and Newtoniana 403.288. ESTC T105818. The second edition. "To which is added, a revisal of the work." First published, in Paris, in 1741, under the title Histoire du ciel. Noël-Antoine Pluche, a controversial professor of rhetoric at Rheims, published his most famous work, Spectacle de la nature, in nine volumes between 1732-1742. It was widely translated, making Pluche famous, but it was a work of popularization, not of science. Here, he attempts to make science conform with the teachings of Genesis. Burton Constable Hall is a substantial Elizabethan country house in East Yorkshire, with a fine 18th century cabinet of curiosities (apparently the most complete in any English country house), assembled by William Constable (1721-1791), probably the original owner of this set. Interesting, in 1760, soon after he may have acquired the set, Constable purchased the world's first equatorially mounted telescope from the famous York clock maker Henry Hindley. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

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Title
The history of the heavens, considered according to the notions of the poets and philosophers, compared with the doctrines of Moses [Provenance]
Author
PLUCHE, Noël-Antoine (1688-1761)
Format/binding
Full Calf
Book condition
Used - Fine
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Edition
Second Edition
Publisher
prinied [sic] for J. Osborn; and sold by C. Rivington, C. Davis, T. Longman, T. Astley, S. Austen [and 7 others in London, 1 in
Place of Publication
London
Date published
1741
Keywords
Mythology—Early works to 1800. Cosmology—Early works to 1800. Creation—Early works to 1800. Religion and science—Early works to 1800.
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