GUYOT, Edme-Gilles. Nouvelles Récréations Physiques et Mathématiques, contenant ce qui a été imaginé de plus curieux dans ce genre, & ce qui se découvre journellement.
Paris, Chez l'auteur / Gueffier, 1772-73-74--75.
Four 8vo (193x124 mm), vol 1: 179-(7) pages and 15 plates. 2 leaves (lettre and privilège) are bound before page 179 / 199-(3) pages and 6 plates, vol 2: vii-173-(3) pages and 20 plates / 172-(4) pages and 8 plates, vol 3: 196-(4) pages and 10 plates / 190-(2) pages and 16 plates, vol 4: 182-(2) pages, 2 tables and 11 plates / 207 pages and 13 plates. In total, 99 plates and 2 tables. binding : Contemporary full mottled calf, spine gilt in six compartments, title and volume number in gilt on lettering-pieces, red edges. Some foxing and minor tears. Light waterstain at the end of part 4. A cap chipped and lack of leather on the first volume number. Beginning of splitting on 4 joints.
New edition, corrected and considerably increased by the author, with handcolored plates.
Complete copy with the 99 engraved plates, of which 93 are finely handcolored, depicting electrical experiments, chemical and optical apparatus, scientific games, etc.
The first volume deals with mathematics, magnet, mechanics and numbers. The second volume deals with geometry, light, optics and electricity. The third volume contains "recreations" around the magnet and the catoptric. And the last and fourth volume consists of chapters on mechanics, on the writing of the occult, the magnet, water, fire and air, electricity, arithmetic and artificial memory.
Rare when plates are handcolored.
Price : 2200 €