GOUYE (Thomas), ed. Observations physiques... - Lot 82 - Gros & Delettrez

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GOUYE (Thomas), ed. Observations physiques et mathématiques, pour servir à l'histoire naturelle & à la perfection de l'astronomie & de la géographie. Envoyées des Indes et de la Chine à l'Académie royale des Sciences à Paris par les Pères Jésuites. Avec les réflexions de Mrs de l'Académie & les notes du P. Goüye. A Paris, de l'Impr. royale, 1692. In-4, [2] f., p. [3]-113, [1] f. (table), 20-20 p., pl., contemporary speckled tan basane, 5-ribbed spine, fawn title page, red edges (binding rubbed, defects including worn headband, corners worn, endpapers torn off; browning, old reading marks in charcoal margin; 2 maps lacking). A rare and important collection of scientific observations made by Jesuit missionaries in China, compiled here by Father Gouye (1650-1725), astronomer and member of the Society of Jesus. He had already published a similar collection in 1688. This copy is illustrated with an engraved plate of characters from the languages of the Bengalis and the peoples of Baramas. Without the 2 maps. The following 20 pages contain a supplement entitled: "Observations faites à la Chine par le P. de Fontanay à Si-nghan-fu"; this supplement, published after May 1693, is bound here in 2 copies. Table of chapters (1 f.) bound after completion of printing (conforms, with the exception of the maps, to the digitized copy in the Bib. Nat. of Florence). Provenance: Jesuits of Lyon; Ecole préparatoire à St-Cyr, Lyon (modern stamps crossed out on title). (Sommervogel III, 1640-1641).
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