Piles, who used the pseudonym François Tortebat, was especially noted for his writings and skill as a painter and engraver.
However his chief occupation was that of a diplomat and, at one time, he was the French ambassador to Spain.
Piles first issued these reproductions from Vesalius' works at Paris in 1667.
Intended primarily for artists, his work was preceded only by that of Jacob van der Gracht (1593-1647), the Flemish painter and engraver, who also modeled his figures after those of Vesalius.
However, authorities concede that Piles' book contains the most beautiful reproductions ever made from Vesalius' works. The ten plates in this little-known printing include four muscle figures from the Epitome with the remaining six. In contrast to the Vesalian figures, Piles' figures are reversed in direction and the picturesque backgrounds have been omitted.
Bound after :
- "Mémoire sur cette Question : Les lésions des différentes parties de l'encéphale et de la moelle épinière peuvent-elles être distinguées par des Signes spéciaux" par M. Sandras.
Bound after :
- "Expériences sur le système nerveux, par P.Flourens; faisant suite aux recherches expérimentales sur les propriétés et les fonctions du système nerveux dans les animaux vertébrés du même auteur". 1825.
First edition of two important works by Flourens who is considered one of the founders of experimental neuroscience.
With an autograped letter signed Flourens.
Very good copy of two very important warks of Gaspard Monge.
The first is the first edition of the 'Géométrie descriptive. '. Paris, 1799.
First issue with the errata at the verso of page vii.
"Monge is regarded as the creator of descriptive geometry, for 'it ws he who elegantly and methodically converted the group of graphical procedures used by practionners into a general uniform technique based on simple an rigorous reasoning and methods ...Monge's systematic use of cylindrical projection and, more discreetly, that of central projection, opened the way to the parallel creation of projective and modern geometry' (DSB). It was primarily through Monge's teachings, both at the ephemeral École de l'an III and the École Polytechnique, that descriptive geometry, analytical geometry and differential geometry were established as special fields".(Norman)
The second work is the second edition of the: "Feuilles d'analyse appliquée à la géométrie à l'usage de l'École Polytechnique. Pairs. 1801".
The first edition appeared in 1795 as simple leaves given to the students.
In this work, Monge "assembled, along with general considerations regarding the theory of surfaces and the geometric interpretation of partial differential equations, monographs on about twenty families of surfaces defined by their mode of generation." (DSB [IX p. 476]).
Old edition of this this famous grimoire, the Enchiridion of Pope Leo, entirely written in French.
Our copy, illustrated with 10 plates.
This book is a collection of magical prayers to ward off all sorts of illnesses, over entanglements, possessions, spells.