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BERTRAND, Louis. Développement nouveau de la partie élémentaire des mathématiques, prise dans tout son étendue. 

Genève, aux dépens de l'auteur, 1778.

Two 4to (260x195 mm), xxxii-676-(2) pages / 646 pages and 19 plates.  binding : Contemporary full havana calf, spine gilt in six compartments, title and volume number in gilt on lettering-pieces, red edges. Browned on some leaves. Binding slightly rubbed, corners worn.

First edition.
Professor of mathematics at the academy of Geneva, Louis Bertrand proposes in this book a proof of the postulate of Euclid.
A book that had a strong impact until the appearance of non-Euclidean geometry.

provenance: Arms on back from Marie-Louise-Nicole de la Rochefoucauld (1716-1797). Stamp on the title pages from the library of La Roche-Guyon castle.

Price : 700 €

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