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SECONDAT, Jean-Baptiste de. Observations de physique et d'histoire naturelle sur les eaux minérales de Dax, de Bagnères et de Barèges. 

Paris, Huart & Moreau fils, 1750.

Small 8vo (165x95 mm), (8)-205-(3) pages.  binding : Contemporary full calf, spine gilt in six compartments, title in gilt on lettering-piece, gilt edges. Foxings. Dirty leather. Head of spin worn, joints starting to split. Binding doesn't stay closed. Loss of leather on the edge of the first cover.

First edition.
Scientific memoirs written by Jean Baptiste de Secondat only son of Montesquieu who escapes the legal career planned by his father to devote himself to science.
In addition to observations on the hot springs, he recounts his experiences in the Pyrenean summits on thermometers and the melting and boiling points of water.

references: Quérard [IX : "On y trouve des remarques intéressantes sur les causes de la chaleur des eaux thermales, et une description exacte de la fontaine d’Aqs [Dax]."].

Price : 200 €

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